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April 28, 2016

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Letter to the editor:

Congress acts just like the rest of us

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Let’s talk about the word “compromise.”

Congress, in its failure to compromise, has failed to produce a budget for years. It seems that every problem America faces can’t be solved because of Congress’ failure to compromise.

But while Congress has earned its 15 percent approval rating because of its failures to compromise, how has this spilled into the public? Here’s what I see around me:

The public is quick to complain when Congress does not come up with solutions to the problems we face. However, on those rare occasions when it does pass something, am I the only one who perceives that the American people have a difficult time in accepting what has been enacted?

Yes, the spirit of compromise is also lost on the rest of us. Why can’t we, as the people of America, accept the results of bills as part of the democratic process? Why do we mirror Congress and find flaws in everything we hear and see? I believe that the American people have been swept up in a severe state of brinkmanship. It is akin to choosing a professional team and blindly rooting for it, while hating the opposing teams.

Maybe the more we all can make compromises in our lives, we will live our lives with more serenity and less turmoil.

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