Legislative Cooperation

Since the election, I am hearing what needs to be done to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff, to do something about immigration, balancing the budget, getting people working again…blah, blah, blah. That is what I am hearing on TV and radio. But what folks are talking about on the street is “Why can’t they work together?” Most people I listen to are pretty sick of the juvenile behavior of legislators.

Obama promised that when he got into office, he would work with the Republicans. Romney said the exact same thing in his campaign about working with Democrats and I chuckled when I heard it. “Naive,” I thought. Everyone running for office promises this and it seems to me that only a handful of presidents have been able to achieve it. I think what these men (so far) running for the presidency forget is what we all know: “It takes two to tango”. For people to work well together, it takes a willingness to cooperate on the part of all.

I don’t know. I think it would be refreshing to hear a candidate, as they lay out their plan, say, “I’ll do my best, but I have to take into consideration the opinions of other legislators.” Imagine.