As a conscientious Republican, I am concerned that our message comes out the wrong way. Our rhetoric comes across like so.

We state that in order to protect 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans from the pain of a tax increase, we are willing to keep even more Americans from experiencing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. What a lack of negotiations from many House members.

No wonder we didn't win much this past election.

Ben Hunt

West Haven