Associated Press
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a closed-door GOP caucus meeting as Congress meets to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that could kick in Jan. 1., at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

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