The cartoon in the Nov. 17 issue solely blamed Republicans for a potential government shutdown. I’m surprised and disappointed the Dispatch would run such a one-dimensional editorial without any counterpoint.

There are 535 members of Congress, 271 Republicans and 264 Democrats, whose primary job is to establish an annual budget by Oct. 1 each year. They have failed to do so every year since 1997, including the period of 2009-2011 when Democrats controlled the House and Senate by 58% to 42%.

Blaming one party for this malfeasance of duty is unfortunate and misguided. The problem is Congress, not Democrats or Republicans.

Mark Roberts


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  1. I couldn’t agree more, Mark! I wonder why we keep re-electing the same people who clearly are most interested in lining their own pockets.

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