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Dear Mark: The Republicans are nothing but a bunch of obstructionist crybabies. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter signed by all 42 Republican senators to Harry Reid threatening to filibuster every Democrat initiative unless the George W. Bush tax cuts and the funding of the government are addressed first. Why don't they get out of the way or at the very least try to compromise? — Filibuster Free in Philly

Dear Filibuster: The letter McConnell sent was not about getting in the way of the Democrat agenda. It was a gentle reminder to Reid to get the legislative priorities in the correct order during this lame duck session of Congress.

The economy has been the No. 1 issue facing Americans for the last two years, yet Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have ignored the people in order to push their liberal agenda while they still have complete control of government. Instead of heading off a tax increase for all Americans, Democrats feel it's more important to approve the START treaty with Russia and the Dream Act for illegal immigrants, and ban the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military. Talk about lame.

As for compromise, I propose that no other piece of legislation be addressed until the country has a budget and every citizen and business knows the exact tax rate they will pay in 2011. The rest can wait until January. But wait, Democrats will have less power in January. Hmmm. As President Obama once stated, "Elections have consequences."

Dear Mark: It seems as if Congress still hasn't gotten the message sent to them in November. On Tuesday, the Senate defeated a proposal to temporarily ban earmarks. Earmarks are one of the biggest problems in Washington, as our representatives spend billions of our hard-earned dollars as if it were grown on trees.

What is their problem? — Boot the Bastards in Boston

Dear Boot: I agree with you, and I am disgusted that eight Republicans even helped defeat the anti-earmark proposal. The problem is that many senators and congressmen think it is their primary duty to go to Washington and bring home as much bacon as possible to their districts. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to the Constitution, it is the responsibility of our elected officials in Washington to ensure that our inalienable rights are not infringed upon by individuals or by our government.

Democrat Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois defended earmarks by saying today's process has the "kind of transparency that is virtually unprecedented." Americans know earmarks are transparent, and that's why they're upset. They actually see what's going on in Congress with their hard-earned money, and they voted in November to put a stop to the spending frenzy.

Dear Mark: The WikiLeaks scandal is definitely detrimental to not only the United States but numerous other countries in the world. One of the revelations in the documents was that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must travel with a "voluptuous blond" nurse from the Ukraine. How is that relevant enough to be classified information? — Wiki Whacky Wu

Dear Whacky: I am not exactly sure other than this information was probably lumped in with other documents in Gadhafi's dossier. Although I bet the Libyan colonel was trying to keep his "medical staff" top secret from Mrs. Gaddafi. Back in the United States, former President Bill Clinton could not be reached for comment but was seen carrying a Ukrainian phone book.

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