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Republicans in Congress put up wall of resistance

House Speaker John Boehner stirred controversy when he told CBS’s Bob Schieffer that Congress “ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal.”

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House Speaker John Boehner stirred controversy when he told CBS’s Bob Schieffer that Congress “ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal.”

RE “Ought to be a law? Don’t be so sure” (Op-ed, July 28): Jeff Jacoby really showed those liberals examples of bad law when he cited the Fugitive Slave Law and Prohibition.

I guess he didn’t read about Republican-led state legislatures’ all over this country passing laws to restrict voting, ban abortions, gerrymander districts, and empower citizens to “stand your ground.”

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He claims that Republicans in Congress are trying to strengthen this country by repealing laws rather than passing legislation. Repealing laws just to repeal them does not help this country, and it seems the Republicans’ goal is to sabotage any legislation supported by the president. They want Obama to fail, and they are steadfast in refusing to negotiate anything regardless of dire consequences. Republicans would not even pass a law to require a background check for sales of guns, even though more than 90 percent of Americans support it.

No Congress has ever tried to hold the country hostage like this just to see the president fail. Would the Voting Rights Act have passed this Congress? What about the 14th Amendment?

Robert Sands

Woburn

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