Did your guy lose? Did your guy win? Did you not have a guy?
The election of 2012 is finally over and we have a similar setup inside the Beltway. But, with a country that is quite clearly so divided, what do we do now? We start by finding things we agree on. Why? Because that gets the ball rolling. If we can agree on something, then we can start tackling the more divisive issues. Are we going to solve everything and is everyone going to be happy? No, but that’s not what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to move this country forward and better every person.
Some say, “bettering every person doesn’t include giving them handouts.” That’s true. Entitlement programs need reform. We can’t keep spending millions on people who become dependent on the system. We must reform the entitlement programs to make them a stepping stone rather than a black hole. But, you cannot eliminate the programs. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction but, it too, needs reform. Every person should have health care, no question. But, saying that those who don’t can simply go to the ER does not solve the problem. That creates greater wait times and potentially hinders those who truly need emergency assistance. How is this remedied? By everyone having health care, then they don’t need to go to the ER for everyday assistance.
We can do better. And, we must do better. We are only as strong as the weakest among us and to say we leave the weakest behind is not the answer. But, those are some divisive issues. What about issues that bring us together?
Democrats and Republicans both support simplifying the regulatory code. President Obama’s administration has instituted what’s been called a “look back” effort wherein governmental agencies look through their respective codes in an attempt to makes the rules clearer and easier for people and business to understand and follow. This policy has won favor among both Democrats and Republicans. This Lame Duck session will probably not pass without some bill delaying the fiscal cliff to allow time for in depth negotiations. Neither party is ready to take blame for falling off the fiscal cliff. Both parties like legislation geared toward helping new start ups get going and both parties are all for sanctions against Iran.
This is where we must begin. We must not oppose a policy that, in private, we may approve of simply because the other party addressed the issue first. We do not have to give up on what we believe in but we must come together and be willing to compromise. We must come to the table with an open mind or nothing will be accomplished.