Letter: Voters, Democrats, Republicans share the blame for fiscal cliff

January 16, 2013 

You can blame Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the Demo-crats for the fiscal cliff. They kept entitlements from budget negotiations even though there is a dire need to fix them. You also can blame House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans for obstructing nearly everything in the name of blocking tax increases. You would be right no matter what argument you want to take.

What about the voters? There was an election in November and they could have kicked out the incumbents. Instead, they sent the same politicians back who are the very word of partisanship. They didn't fix things when they should have and put things off until they become a crisis. Why does anyone think that they would act any different? Wouldn't the voters share some of the blame if they voted for an incumbent?

However, Washington voters are off the hook as far as electing a president. The Electoral College has a winner-take-all clause that eliminated all but 10 states in selecting a president. Washington was already stacked and counted in the Obama column. If you voted for anyone other than Obama, your vote didn't count.

I don't know why that is OK with voters.

DON SEBELIEN, Richland

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