The gridlock in Washington is blamed on men like Grover Norquist, and rightfully so ("For GOP, was it the message or messengers?" Nov. 12). The powerful lobbyist coerces or threatens spineless Republicans to promise him in writing never to pass any tax increases.

How does he get away with this? The president tries to forge compromise across the aisle. These nefarious lobbyists should be thrown out of Washington, and our members of Congress should perform the duties they were elected to do.

Betty Eisenberg, Owings Mills