Dear editor:

According to the newspaper, Republicans have blocked the extension of unemployment compensation to those out-of-work folks whose time has expired. The reason seems to be that the lazy louts should find a job. That would be okay if there were jobs to be had. Most of those people would take a job if they could. The Republicans, however, do wish those folks a Merry Christmas.


Dear editor:
According to the newspaper, Republicans have blocked the extension of unemployment compensation to those out-of-work folks whose time has expired. The reason seems to be that the lazy louts should find a job. That would be okay if there were jobs to be had. Most of those people would take a job if they could. The Republicans, however, do wish those folks a Merry Christmas.

I also note that the Republicans are planning to block the START treaty with Russia. This is at the risk of disrupting relations with Russia and the international coalition that opposes Iran’s nuclear program. Remember “trust, but verify” that Republican Saint Ronald Reagan talked about so much? If this treaty fails, then there is no verification. Political radicalism, a lack of intelligence, or both must be involved here.

And now Grover Norquist, noted conservative, wants to shut down the government by blocking the passage of the National Budget. The reason? To damage the president’s political reputation. “He will be less popular if in service of overspending and wasting people’s money, he closes the government down,” Norquist said. Actually, the president won’t close the government down. Lack of funding due to Republican intransigence will do so, at great detriment to the country.

The Party of No continues on its merry way.

Robert J. Roberts
Pittsburg