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Letter: Bipartisan cooperation can help Congress work

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From: Denny Kubal


Received: Sept. 28

Some prominent politicians have harsh words for the tea party.

“Tea party favorites such as former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and right-wing talk show hosts like Glenn Beck are the culprits of ‘demagoguery’ that threatens the Republican Party long term.”

“Former President George Bush and Reagan would struggle with an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement.”

“House Republicans are becoming incapable of governing by habitually deferring to extremes.”

The above quotes were attributable to Republicans: Rep. Bob Inglis R-S.C.; Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.; and Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.

What do these Republicans know that tea party favorites Richard Mourdock and Todd Young have failed to grasp? Perhaps that clinging to the radical right position of the tea party with no room for compromise results in gridlock in Congress, with no real political solutions to our mounting problems.

Congressman Young sponsored 17 bills while in Congress. None became law. However, he did vote to repeal Obamacare 33 times! This exercise in futility was predestined to fail, as the Democrats in the Senate promised to block it.

Instead of working with the Democrats to find bipartisan solutions to our fiscal morass, he continues to cast votes for bills that don’t matter and can’t possibly become law.

Senate candidate Mourdock has promised to compromise with the Democrats when they join the Republican way of thinking. Great!!

He’ll be able to get something done as soon as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid join the tea party.

Congress’ approval rating is at an all time low of 10 percent. Americans are just tired of

politicians who come to Washington with an agenda built on strict adherence to an extreme position with no room for compromise.

Shelli Yoder is running against Todd Young and promises to listen to the voters and work with the opposing party. Joe Donnelly is running against Mourdock and has a history of working with Republicans and promises to continue to seek bipartisan solutions.

Joe Donnelly has been endorsed by Evan Bayh, and Yoder by Birch Bayh and Lee Hamilton. Mourdock by Sarah Palin. Need I say more?

More gridlock or real solutions built on bipartisan cooperation. The choice is yours.

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