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Actually, there’s no ‘Washington gridlock’ box on the ballot

In his July 28 op-ed column “Ought to be a law? Don’t be so sure” Jeff Jacoby argues that the American voters actually want the 112th Congress not to legislate, and so they “returned a Republican majority to the House of Representatives last November, while keeping the Senate and the White House in Democratic hands.” The error in logic occurs when Jacoby attributes to voters a collective motive (a desire for divided government) when, in fact, voters only vote for individual candidates.

Nobody gets to vote for divided government but members of Congress.

Bill Levin

Marshfield Hills