I recently heard Democratic Strategist Steve McMahon say in regard to President Obama's high disapproval rating that it was time for the President to "move into campaign mode." That statement speaks volumes about what is wrong with our government today. Our elected official are either in "get elected mode" or "get re-elected mode."

I recently heard Democratic Strategist Steve McMahon say in regard to President Obama's high disapproval rating that it was time for the President to "move into campaign mode." That statement speaks volumes about what is wrong with our government today. Our elected official are either in "get elected mode" or "get re-elected mode."

It's time for President Obama to move into leadership mode, and for all members of Congress to move into governing mode. It's past time for all of them to start doing their jobs and stop pandering to the special interests and big money. If they were doing what they were elected to do, there would be no need for any of them to be worried about being re-elected.

Until that time comes, there's no hope for our country. And if that time doesn't come in the next year, then it's time for the people to vote every last one of them out of office, starting at the top. — Marti Hawes, Eagle Point

There is very little chance for accord in Congress to accomplish anything significant on jobs, because the Republicans' main objective this year is to make it impossible for President Obama to be re-elected. Witness Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's statement that his main goal in Congress is to make sure that Obama is a one-term president.

The Republicans will obstruct and defeat anything that might make the president look good and more electable. They seem willing to risk a second recession, with high or higher unemployment, as long as the president is defeated.

It is their belief that bad to worse economic times in our nation will be mostly blamed on the administration and the public will thus be inclined to vote for the Republican nominee. It is hoped that the electorate will see through this charade and place the blame squarely where it belongs on the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. — E.A. (Don) Seebart, Ashland

With all due respect, I think Bill Sherwood has a gross misconception of what the Tea Party stands for.

Simply stated, they want taxpayer money spent wisely and unnecessary programs curtailed.

I don't think that's too much to ask for. — Richard Cody, Applegate