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Congress Should Take Lessons from My Kids

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Congress Should Take Lessons From My Kids

Calvin Lowery: On Friday of last week, President Obama accepted an invitation to speak to the leaders of the House GOP. He started off with a speech that was followed by a question and answer session, also characterized as a powwow.

There was major disagreement over the typical philosophical differences shared by the political parties. But (this time) these disagreements were followed up with a bipartisan discussion about how the parties can work together despite their differences.

I, for one, truly appreciate the effort by both parties to come to the table and work together. Republicans have to learn that saying "no" to everything that is mentioned is not productive. And Democrats need to realize that they do not have a monopoly on good ideas. Therefore, whether they (Democrats) need the votes (from Republicans) to pass the bill or not, they need to listen and incorporate those ideas in the proposed legislation.

There is often a credible substance to the arguments provided by both parties. If as a unit, they can (1) put the material they agree on down as the foundation, (2) add Republican input, followed by (3) Democratic input, they will likely come up with a comprehensive plan that will prove to best serve our country.

With the economy the way it is, being engaged in two wars, unemployment numbers, and the constant bickering over health care -- if both parties do not start getting something accomplished, they should all be sent home. We might as well start from the beginning.

For example, if my kids are at home and they are arguing over what to watch on TV:

First, I tell them to negotiate/compromise and work it out.

If the bickering persists:

Second, I (without a word) go and turn off the television.

This is then followed by some strategic conversations between an 11-year-old, 8-year-old, 4-year-old, and 2-year-old (he adds his opinion to everything).

Miraculously, they can come to me with a detailed explanation of how everyone will be happy with the plan they have designed to meet everyone's needs.

If my kids can get it, I would hope Washington, D.C., can get it.

No one was voted into office so that they could be re-elected. They were voted into office to serve their constituents.

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chris February 3, 2010, 5:32 AM

I completely agree with you about no one is voted in to serve a 2nd term but to serve the people. I wish the politicans could understand that. I don’t understand how the people that we vote for seem to forget who put them in office and why they are in office. I think the best bill we can pass now would be to limit the amount of terms ALL politican can serve. Serving the people is a privilage NOT a career. I also think they need to put more bills and amendments on the ballot and let the people decide.

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