In their Nov. 10 op-ed, “Back away from the cliff,” Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty and Nelson W. Cunningham, two former members of President Bill Clinton’s team, proposed (apparently seriously) that President Obama delegate to Mitt Romney the task of drafting a plan to save the economy and avert the “fiscal cliff.” They further suggested that their former boss become Romney’s partner, presumably for balance.

What they are proposing is that Mr. Obama deliver the greatest bait-and-switch of all time. The appointment of Mr. Romney to such a position of profound influence over the future direction of our country would be an insult to the voters who, only four days earlier, rendered a verdict after enduring two years of campaigning, commercials and debates about two very different visions for America.

Assuming that bipartisanship is still possible, this solution should come from our elected officials, working together — not from the trophy “bipartisanship” of a consolation-prize supercommittee of political celebrities.

Scott Barden, Leesburg

Amazing. President Obama has been reelected for only four days, and Thomas McLarty and Nelson Cunningham already want to shift responsibility for solving the nation’s fiscal woes — problems the president helped to create in his current term — onto former president Bill Clinton and his Republican challenger.

Well, knowing these problems were looming, the nation has spoken and chosen Mr. Obama and most of the current Congress to solve them. No more buck-passing. No more commissions to be ignored and used as a political punching bag.

Roll up your sleeves; it’s time to get to work.

Charles L. Morin, Springfield

During the run-up to the presidential election, I was disappointed, though hardly surprised, that both principal candidates said next to nothing about culture and the arts, beyond jocular references to Big Bird.

Now that the fiscal cliff draws nearer, I fear that my two largest contingents of friends and former colleagues — mid-level federal workers and those in the creative arts — are about to be cast in lead roles for a remake of the closing scene from “Thelma & Louise.”  

Ted Landphair, Takoma Park