Monday, January 12, 2015

Is there a Glimmer of Hope for the New Congress-Senate? Bi-Partisanship maybe on horizon



If there was ever a time when a band of likeminded politicians from both sides of the aisle was needed, it would be this era, this year, this time in our nation’s history. Let alone it is the beginning of a general election season where one expects the partisanship to ramp on, again, and again, this should be put aside for those elected to do the people’s business.

Therefore – two articles stood out that makes one believe it may be possible to finally get things done, or not done, depending on the actual needs of the nation.

The first from Politico: Some house Democrats are seeking to add term limits to leadership positions according to Politico – in a nutshell, they see the GOP opening positions for new members of the body, and so, they would like to be able to have new voices heard on their side of the aisle. Smart move as it infuses new ideas into an otherwise stagnant and politically polarized group of older leaders (see Pelosi) (Politico)

Move to the Washington Post article which suggests that there is a large enough group of moderate Democrats who may be willing to work with the new Senate Leadership – thus giving the Senate the power to override a Presidential veto if necessary. We can only hope so – the constitution allows for a system of checks and balances - keeping everyone on an even playing field. (Washington Post)

There are instances where members do work together for the common good – see Rand Paul and Corey Booker.

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