Democrats are as much to blame as Republicans for the government shutdown

Once again you've written a biased editorial on Obamacare, but what else is new ("The unproductive shutdown," Oct. 1)?

Why no mention that the Democrats rejected every idea the GOP put forth five years ago, including good ones like tort reform and letting insurers compete across state lines?

Why no mention that the Democrats had to use an arcane budget tool called "reconciliation" to pass the bill, or the handouts given to various senators (e.g. the Cornhusker kickback) to get them to vote for it?

Why no mention of the more than 1,000 waivers granted by the Obama administration or the changes the administration has already made to the law, such as delaying large business' entrance for a year?

There is plenty of room to compromise, but we have a president who is not a leader, a manager or even an administrator. He was out playing golf 48 hours before 800,000 of his employees were discharged. Shame on him.

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville

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