Saturday my brother Mike was here for the 1967 Emporia High School Class Reunion so he attended the ESU game with us. At halftime our Congressman Roger Marshall was there and I introduced Mike.
Later Mike asks me if that’s the same person I had asked a while back how often he talked with Democrats in his position in Congress.
His answer then was – “not that often.”
Obviously the point of my question - how often do you talk with Democrats - was to see if there was much if any bipartisan contact in Washington.
The very obvious conclusion to that question and Congressman Marshall’s answer of “not that often,” indicates the potential for any solutions to the major problems facing our country are slim.
The problem is the Republicans have at least one answer for each question and maybe more while the Democrats either respond “NO” to anything proposed by the opposition or have different ideas altogether – and none of them seem to be talking trying to find any way to compromise.
Currently gun control is topic number one. Health insurance or Obama-care is not far behind and of course tax policy is on the table too with infrastructure rebuilding and immigration other possible areas.
None of these are going to be agreed upon without some really good work across the aisle! Unfortunately there does not seem to be any Bob Dole’s or Tip O’Neill’s stepping forward.
News from Washington is as ugly as anytime in my lifetime and of course that’s all magnified by the existence of countless so-called “news” sources.
Term limits or extending House of Representative terms to 4 years might stop the need to start seeking re-election on the day new congressmen arrive in D.C. Who knows?
Seems to me our best course of action in addition to prayer is to constantly request from our representatives to work with the other side to find compromise and not be so cotton pickin’ bull headed!
I’m Steve Sauder and “There’s something to think about.”