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Opinion

Readers React: Two more years of gridlock in Washington

To the editor: Paraphrasing Harry Truman, slightly: The electorate put in place the next do-less-than-nothing Congress. (“Republicans seize control of U.S. Senate,” Nov. 4)

With all the accolades being bestowed on incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his victory speech, I hope people remember that for the past six years he has made life miserable for the president. Is he about to change?

Despite his professed hope for a good working relationship with the White House, years ago he said his biggest goal was to make Barack Obama a one-term president. He lost in 2012, but he continued to attack the president relentlessly.

A leopard does not change its spots. The electorate will find this as time passes and realize its mistake.

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Gerald O. D’Sena, Rancho Palos Verdes

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To the editor: The big winners last night were the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and their colleagues.

I find it fascinating that the dark money poured into this election that advances the economic interests of the wealthiest businesspeople convinced so many of those in the middle class to vote against their own self-interest. At least in California we understand that climate change, student loan debt and income inequality are the important issues of the day.

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This isn’t a personality contest; it’s the futures of our children and grandchildren.

Barbara H. Bergen, Los Angeles

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To the editor: The American people have spoken. What they said reflected their confusion, anger and dissatisfaction with Congress.

The future will soon show the wisdom of their votes. For sure, for the balance of Obama’s term we can expect little change.

From my perspective, I feel it regrettable that obstructionism in Congress paid off.

Morrie Markoff, Los Angeles

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