Opinion | Memo to Democrats: ‘Grow Up. Do Your Job.’

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To the Editor:

Re “Do Democrats Have the Courage of Liz Cheney?,” by Thomas L. Friedman (column, Sept. 29):

Well said, Tom Friedman! We will find out this week.

How is it that Republicans can remain united on almost all issues, even a treasonous assault on national elections, and still win elections, and Democrats can’t compromise with themselves to get their bills passed?

Democrats seem to think that having “guts” means taking your ball and going home if you don’t get everything you want. Two words: Grow up.

Do your job. Which means you must compromise and play well with others (as you should have learned in kindergarten).

Give and take and get the best you can for the American people. You remember, the people who elected you!

Michael Dougherty
Syosset, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “Manchin and Sinema Should Just Say No,” by Bret Stephens (column, Sept. 29):

It is most curious that after four years of hearing how members of the G.O.P. need to speak out against the extremists who control the party, Democrats are shocked … shocked … that some of their members are willing to speak out against the extremism coming from their party.

Whatever the merits of the proposals in the reconciliation infrastructure bill (and to be clear, I support them all), and whatever the risks that come with not passing it (and to be clear, I worry about them all), we are much better served as a nation by a willingness to say “no” to our own side.

Neil J. Liss
Salem, Ore.

To the Editor:

Re “Biden vs. the Rip Van Winkle Caucus,” by Paul Krugman (column, Sept. 28):

There is no question in my mind that the $3.5 trillion bill before the House is long overdue, and Mr. Krugman is right that many of the arguments against it are ill founded. Yet the bill cannot be passed by exposing faulty reasoning, and certainly not by accusing critics of moral turpitude.

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