Working Together

17 Oct

Why does it seem that there needs to be legislation to get two sides to work together?  Well that’s what was needed to get Congress to cut the debt/deficit by creating the Supercommittee.  The Politico article, “Supercommittee ‘odd couple’ a source of hope” (October 16, 2011), details how Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) have to work together.  Legislators should already be working together through that thing called compromise.  However, that word is so dirty in the political world that it has become anathema.  I truly don’t see how a committee of 12 will be able to

com[e] up with $1.2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years that can win support of the 12-member panel and pass a House and Senate divided on nearly every major issue.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66105.html#ixzz1b0RlpccA

Why can’t these people, who we vote for, do their job.  Oh yes, because we have a first-past-the-post system that makes it impossible for politicians to do what needs to be done.  Politicians can’t always be so altruistic, but sometimes they need to have more integrity for what they’re doing.  There needs to be some change in the political institution, but that will never happen if we always elect the same people to Congress.  There are some politicians that are trying to do what they think is right for their constituents, and wouldn’t it be great if the media actually covered that for once?  I know I briefly went through many points for a broken political system, but it takes all of us to do something about it.  What to do, well, that’s up to you, but don’t be apathetic, don’t be dismissive, take action, be engaged, and vote.
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