Regardless of who is elected Tuesday to serve as president for the next four years, one change will have to take place.
There will have to be a renewed spirit of compromise in our nation’s capital.
While President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are running neck and neck, a situation in which any significant development over the weekend could turn the tide one way or the other, each candidate is assured of well-heeled opposition come January.
If Obama is returned for a new term, he will again face a House led by Republicans.
If Romney wins the White House, he will have to deal with a Senate led by Democrats.
Meanwhile, the specter of sequestration, across-the-board federal spending cuts that include a $500 billion cut in defense that politicians of every stripe seem to agree would be disastrous, looms with the arrival of 2013. With our national debt swollen to $16 trillion and four straight years of $1 trillion deficits, somebody’s got to wake up and make some real decisions to address that while also finding a pathway for America to continue recovering from this devastating recession.
America can’t allow its elected political officials in Washington, D.C., to collect a paycheck and campaign donations while they cavalierly point fingers at the other side as excuses for being useless at their job, which should be to lead the country. We can’t afford for Democratic or Republican leadership to draw lines in the sand that no one is willing to step over.
America has thrived because, somehow or another, our political system managed to meld together the best ideas from both sides of the aisle, right and left. No party and no ideology has proven to be infallible in running our nation, and it’s past time the so-called leadership in our major political parties figured that out.
We have the right to expect whoever is in the White House to actually listen to the opposition party with an open mind, and to look out for selfish motives within his own party. We have the right to expect our lawmakers to do what is right, not what is politically expedient.
Most Americans, we believe, do not expect the federal government to be perfect. But Americans do have the right to expect it to be functional