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Where is the fix in our government?

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Arenít we all sick of politics? Yes, Iím a democrat, usually with a small d.

Mitch McConnell said the day of Barack Obamaís swearing in that he and his party would do absolutely anything to make Obama a failed president. Never mind that the American people were going bankrupt because of a failed economy largely due to unregulated financial dealings and uncovered medical costs. To heck with fixing problems.

Now we have Ďthe wallí with Democrats balking at its funding. Never mind that Republicans had control of Congress for two years. Never mind that the President has only spent 6% of the money appropriated in the last two fiscal years. The line in the sand wasnít drawn when they had control-only after the GOP lost the house. Thatís pure politics and no governing. BTW, there was a bipartisan resolution about a year ago that Mr. Art of the Deal couldnít close.

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Ideally, negotiations involve compromise. Demanding isnít negotiating-Gov. Rauner was our recent example of how well that works. Maybe, we the people need to demand that our elected officials actually work on solving problems. Compromise is required. Itís required in our daily lives and shouldnít be foreign to those we choose to govern.

Or we continue on this dangerous path that doesnít resemble the democracy I recall. This new reality of keeping campaign issues alive over fixing problems needs to be short-lived.

Jane Ryan

[Posted January 7, 2019]

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