Saturday, December 18, 2010

Compromise spotted in Washington -- thought extinct!

Both sides held their noses and passed the tax extension bill which was signed by President Obama. It means that taxes won't go back up on January 1 to pre-Bush levels. One of the more interesting things I heard about this was the fact that neither side -- conservatives or liberals -- like the bill, for various reasons. One long-serving politician said, "that's what compromise looks like". We have had such a divisive political system for so long that many of the people in it have never seen compromise. This should serve as a lesson to any new senators and representatives that this is how you get things done. You can't stick to your principles without compromise and do the work of the American People (yes, this time, it's all of us!).