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Obama, Congress have a duty to work together

The pundits on both sides of the political spectrum would have you believe that the politicians they support in Washington received “a mandate” during the recent election to impose, or oppose, a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff by either raising tax rates, or not; or cutting federal entitlement programs, or not.

The truth is both the president and the Republican-controlled House have an obligation, as required by the balance of powers incorporated in the Constitution, to reach a compromise solution. We don’t elect presidents as dictators, any more so than Congress. Suggesting otherwise by claiming “a mandate” ignores the reality of the eloquently designed system of checks and balances that the Founders bequeathed to us, and only serves to perpetuate the divisiveness that pervades the public debate.

A messy, yet workable, compromise solution that leaves both sides less than happy will be the outcome that best serves the interests of the country as a whole.

Bob Coffey

Hamburg