Do you support "reaching across the aisle"

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  1. Gold Dragon

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    Both parties are highlighting their philosophy of "reaching across the aisle" which I think in theory is important. In practice however, that often involves the give and take of political compromise.

    1) Do you think that reaching across the aisle involves compromise?

    2) Do you think this is important for the candidates to do during their term and to what extent?

    3) Do you think this is important for Americans in general to do?
     
  2. LeBuick

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    I don't recall Obama saying he ever reached across the isle. McCain says he does but someone needs to tell him Lieberman is on the same side of the isle as he is. That is a short reach to him.
     
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    I support "reaching across the aisle" but not to compromise deeply held beliefs like the sanctity of (all human) life. In a Democracy (OK actually a Republic) some of this is necessary in order to get anything accomplished. Everybody doesn't think exactly the same on every issue.
     
  4. Gold Dragon

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    I don't want this to turn this into which candidate did what but to focus on the idea of reaching across the aisle, regardless of candidate. Both parties seem to state this is important. Do we here on the political forum of BB agree?

     
  5. LeBuick

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    I understand and apologize for going a wrong direction.

    Here is my view, reaching across the isle is a nice political way of saying all American's are represented on the Hill. The truth is the party in power presents and passes most legislation and the isle reaching across is done mostly by the minority party.

    Take a look at this board, I believe in government helping the poor but there are those here who believe that should be left to private or religious organizations. No need on me reaching across the isle on this subject here unless I just want my hand bitten off.

    Having said that

    1) Do you think that reaching across the aisle involves compromise? Yes, but the compromise is not on legislative position, it usually means I will add your interest to my legislation in return for your vote.

    2) Do you think this is important for the candidates to do during their term and to what extent? The president yes... The Majority power no. The Minority party yes.

    3) Do you think this is important for Americans in general to do? It would be great and a true democracy if we did. Unfortunately compromise means you seeing things my way since I am right to begin with.
     
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    I think there has been too much reaching across the aisle. It's called ear marks and pork. Bad system and line item veto should be instituted. But the goofballs on Capitol Hill will never go for it which is a shame for our country. Just like this last bail out package. It started off as 1 page and by the time Congress got through reaching across the aisle adding and stuffing their pork into it, I heard it ended up being around 300 pages. They added stuff to buy votes from across the aisle even though the American people were 80% opposed to it...and they passed it anyway... guess who I'm voting out in a few days......:BangHead:
     
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    I don't believe I am saying this...

    I agree with LE. Line item veto would fix the problem
     
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    Agreed . Make it plain and simple and to the the point. It should address the main issue and not a bunch of insignificant pork.
     
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    Wow. I think liberals and a conservative just reached across the aisle. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    And they said it couldn't be done!

    WE should go to DC and take over!... I'll be president!
    LeBuick can be speaker of the house...
    LE can be my vice...

    And Gold Dragon can pretend to be Barney Frank!!! lol
     
  11. LeBuick

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    I guess I should brush up on my filibuster. I figure that's better than voting present... :thumbs:
     

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