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House Republicans in Washington seem like a group of perpetually petulant children who have lost their legislative marbles and can't accept the fact. They are dwelling in the past and their actions are hurting the American middle class during a troubling recession. It's time for these Republicans to do an about-face and stop wasting time on overturning legislation their minds can't accommodate.

For the record, Republicans have tried 36 times — all unsuccessfully — to overturn the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Think of the time, money and energy wasted in these 36 attempts. And I am certain there will be a 37th attempt.

Last week, House Republicans introduced legislation aimed at stricter abortion laws (no abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy). This effort — doomed because Democrats control the Senate and Obama wields the veto pen — is, of course, another attempt to cripple Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that has been the law of the land since 1973. That would be 40 years ago, and the Republicans still can't get over it. More waste of time and money when the focus should be on job creation.

The Republicans — and I admit some Democrats are also guilty here — live in fear of the National Rifle Association, and that is why it is impossible to get tighter gun control legislation passed even when the vast majority of Americans favor it. Former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole recently stated that he no longer recognizes the current Republican Party, and added that a "closed for repairs" sign should be put up until the GOP comes forth with positive ideas to help the American people. When a former standard-bearer of the party utters that critical comment, it is truly time for the GOP to change.

Although some economic signs are promising, the recession continues to the detriment of millions of Americans. Republicans can help us out of this recession, but only if they abandon their fixation with obstructing all things Obama and concentrating on putting people back to work. The past is over. It's time to look to the future.

Donald L. Roth  •  Creve Coeur

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