Robert J. Samuelson’s Jan. 14 op-ed column, “What will Lew do?”, cited House Speaker John Boehner’s complaint that White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew was impossible to negotiate with. Maybe it wasn’t Mr. Lew who was the problem. Recent events demonstrate that any negotiation with Mr. Boehner is a waste of time, inasmuch as he is unable to speak for his caucus.

Herbert Shankroff, Towson, Md.