The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 12, 2013

Yes, compromise

Without effectively addressing economic problems and unemployment, the Democratic House of Representatives threw everything including the kitchen sink with dirty dishes into their version of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and sent it to the Democratic Senate. Then the House Democrats got voted out. The Senate, with Democrats in control, which would normally make their input to ObamaCare in order to work with the House (compromise) made a partisan choice: no input, no compromise and no perfection of the ObamaCare language.

The Senate Democrats did this because they did not want to debate (compromise) with the new Republican-led House which represented the people's misgivings about affordable care. So the Senate Democrats, in order to pass ObamaCare without Republican input, voted in ObamaCare with no compromises at all. So what did the people get? A bad health care bill with everything in it including the kitchen sink and dirty dishes and our political parties at loggerheads.

My question is not who considers compromise a weakness, but who failed to compromise and started four years of partisan stalemate? The leaders of the Democratic position -- Obama, Reid and Pelosi -- are candidates.

Thus, the argument can be made that extremism on the left, basically shoving ObamaCare down everyone's throat without bipartisan debate, has caused the Republican push back and congressional stalemate.

Solving our problems is possible and it's certainly not all the Republicans to blame for the little that Congress has done lately. We need to get beyond blame and acrimony and demand of our elected officials that they operate to get to compromise.

Ken Young,


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