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Solve problems, don’t push hysterics

Posted: October 19, 2009 10:48 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It seems like President Barack Obama is once again trying to consul with top Republicans, having invited Boehner, Cantor and other top Republicans to the White House. The Republican lawmakers spent 90 minutes recently talking about Afghanistan with the president. Once again he was reaching out to the people who question his citizenship, call him vile names and revel in their public stupidity.

This is part of a thaw of the bipartisan freeze that includes health care reform discussion between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and members of the Republican Study Group, who have worked on a series of incremental reforms to counter Democrats’ sweeping health care overhaul.

Obama continues to try to govern all the people, reaching out to and seeking input from the opposition — the same group that exhorts death panels, government takeover of health care, killing grandma and re-education camps.

It seems like a number of Republican leaders have woken up. The only way they can de-marginalize themselves is to be part of the solution. Polls show the loud-mouthed, non-critical thinkers have little to no effect on opinion and voting, although one would think otherwise reading the sky-is-falling rants on this page day after day.

We are all Americans and we all share some big problems. We can point fingers and stall the process of fixing what is broken or we can work together to make our country great. Universal health care and winding down these wars will make a huge difference in our quality of life. Why people would rather promote hysterics than solve these problems is beyond me.

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