March 7, 2013

Regarding the March 3 front-page article “Obama sees 2014 as key to legacy”:

I am a patient man, but this is ridiculous.

We are a country still in semi-economic crisis after five years. We reached a political stalemate in President Obama’s first two years, then sat in paralysis after the 2010 elections to see if the 2012 elections would bring in a Congress that was sufficiently on the same page with the president. And now, when the president no longer faces an election for the rest of his life, apparently we are going to use two of his most potentially productive years nibbling around the edges of our fiscal problems and poisoning the water for most of his other initiatives as we wait for a crapshoot on the 2014 elections?

I’m not supporting that, and the Democratic National Committee can stop asking me to help fund it.

When the Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances, I don’t think this is what they had in mind.

Stephen Robin, Leesburg

The Post has documented what many of us suspected: The president went directly from his 2012 reelection into a political crusade to retake control of the House in 2014, skipping two years of futility trying to govern the country.

Doing so establishes the dangerous precedent of full-time, partisan political campaign cycles, from one election to another, with no pause in between to set aside partisan differences and govern.

Partisanship in America was never intended to be an end, but rather a means to an end. Campaigns should frame issues but not decide them. Political parties were not intended to govern but to find and elect people who could govern. We are way beyond that now in both parties.

Mike Johnson, Washington

So the American people are political pawns while President Obama waits until the 2014 elections, when he hopes that we will come to our senses and give Democrats a majority in the House so he can finally get his way?

While Mr. Obama cannot “force Congress to do the right thing,” as he said recently, he can try one thing: being a leader. Going around the country, pleading his case to public gatherings and then waiting until the last day of a deadline to finally have a meeting before blaming the Republican Party is not being a leader.

Right now, it seems that the only “legacy” that this president will leave behind is one of no compromise, no budget and a lot of blame.

Kathleen Powers, Springfield