Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Lost Art of Political Compromise

I don't want you to think that I'm quitting. But I don't mind saying that I am getting a little tired of the us against them mentality that is become commonplace in our political discourse.

Last night, I was engaged in a discussion, through Twitter, with the young lady who is convinced that the 2010 election in Minnesota was a mandate for the Republican agenda. I had to remind her that while Republicans gained the majority in both the state Senate and House, Minnesota also elected a Democratic governor. Of course, she used a ton of excuses as to why Republican candidate, Tom Emmer, did not win the governor's race.

I told her that none of that mattered. I said that until after the 2014 election, Republicans were going to have to deal with the fact that Mark Dayton is the governor. Simply put, with a Democrat in the governor's mansion, the Republican to led legislature is going to have to learn the art of compromise.

Much like Minnesota, the entire country is facing enormous budget shortfalls. By now you know the Republican solution to this problem is slashing programs that have kept the poorest of the poor from going hungry and homeless. Fortunately, President Obama is not going to let that happen. He feels, as do many, that the majority of the mess we're in now was the direct effect of the Bush tax cuts. Somewhere, these two sides are going to have to understand that the only way we're going to correct the problem is a combination of spending cuts and revenue increase. Obviously, you're not going to be able to solve our debt crisis with taxes alone, or spending cuts alone.

If we want our children and grandchildren to know the same kind of America that we've enjoyed, we better start working towards a common goal. I'm afraid if the Republicans have their way, the entire country will resemble Mississippi.

The other thing we better understand, is that in the 21st century, the majority of Americans do not consider such social issues as abortion and gay marriage to be all that important. We need to get off of these issues, and get our country working again.

I guess I feel that if us minions on Twitter can reach across party lines to have a civilized discussion, there is no reason why the people we hire to govern our country can't do the same.

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