President doesn't want any budgets

I do not believe that the current budget compromise will lead to a lasting budget agreement because President Barack Obama hates budgets, as they restrict his addictive spending.

It's only a political scheme. The law requires an annual budget, but this administration hasn't had one in five year, thus violating the law.

The economy will remain shaky, unemployment will persist, and uncertainty will prevail as long as this country is governed on a piecemeal budget, as it has been the past five years.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark

Republicans will realize they made big mistake

I have faith that House Republicans will wake up to the damage they have done to our economy by not holding firm to Sen. Ted Cruz's plan. Obamachine Democrats cannot prevail if Republicans stick together. Republicans should insist that the Unaffordable Care Act be defunded and ultimately repealed.

Maybe we can get a tea party conservative to run for Congress.

Robert S. Allen

Livermore

Expecting more of the same come January

I think the structural problems within the Republican Party have not been resolved and will lead to more of the same in January.

Their extremist members in Congress lack insight into their behavior and its consequences, saying they are doing what the American public wants.

They have cleverly redistricted themselves into safe echo chambers, isolating them from the larger public conversation.

For years, mainstream Republicans welcomed this aggressive hardworking group who used social issues to swell their numbers and win elections.

Now the party has the tiger by the tail.

Will the GOP deal honestly with these gerrymandered districts, which have put them in the catbird seat in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan?

Will politics prevail, or will sanity in the form of the California's Redistricting Commission be adopted in other states to end this bitter strife?

Anne Spanier

Alameda