Submitted by Kelsey McLaughlin on November 1, 2012
MAKE THE PRESIDENCY WORK: With the election only five days away, the two candidates are making some serious promises. But when one of them is elected, they won't have the tools necessary to work with Congress to deliver on these promises. No Labels Co-Founder Jonathan Miller writes that No Labels' Make the Presidency Work! action plan could solve this problem: "History shows that when leaders talk to one another and put the country ahead of partisan gain, they can move beyond the differences so that the country's most significant problems get fixed. Updating rules and procedures to clear away barriers, along with an attitude change away from obstruction, can help the President deliver on more of his promises." Jonathan Miller for The Huffington Post: Make the Presidency Work!
HOW SANDY BROUGHT US TOGETHER:
"Sandy didn't just knock the campaign off the front pages; it transformed it, as well. At a moment of extreme polarization, Mother Nature brought us together. Suddenly, the artificial walls that our political process erects to separate us into little demographic micro-groups to make us believe we have no mutual interests got blown away by the massive hurricane," writes Arianna Huffington for The Huffington Post.
As the country begins to recover from this disaster, we'll see how long the spirit of working together lasts: Arianna Huffington for The Huffington Post: How Hurricane Sandy Downgraded Our Election and Upgraded Our Barn-Raising Spirit
BEING A PROBLEM-SOLVER:
Rep. Amy Klobuchar is featured in an article written by Thomas Friedman for one simple reason: she is a problem solver. "Klobuchar built that lead by combining a moderate liberalism with a pro-business, pro-jobs agenda and a pragmatic problem-solving approach. All of Klobuchar’s campaign ads are positive, and many feature Republican business leaders explaining why they are voting for her," Friedman writes and Klobuchar added that most Minnesota voters “want their politicians to be problem-solvers, not ideologues." Thomas Friedman for The New York Times: The Minnesota Mirror
AGREE ON THE FACTS:
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen note that it is hard for our leaders to find solutions if they can not agree on what the problems are. Their solution? Enforce our Make the Presidency Work!
proposal for our leaders to embrace different opinions but same facts. Our leaders need to agree on the facts in order to find solutions. "No Labels is a movement united behind a simple proposition, the desire to see our government stop fighting and start fixing. Their no nonsense solution: all members of Congress and the president get a nonpartisan report on the fiscal facts once a year -- and sign on their support," they write: Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen for The Huffington Post: They Do It Much Better in High School (Debating)
DIFFERENCE IN OPINION:
No Labels Co-Founders Dave Walker and John Avlon may disagree on who they're voting for on Tuesday, but both want a problem solver in the White House. Click here to check out Walker's article
, and read Avlon's piece here
. Regardless of who you think should be president, one thing is clear: voters want problem solvers.
Halloween may be over, but the realities of our fiscal situation are scarier than ever. No Labels Co-Founder Dave Walker made a parody of the famous Halloween song "Monster Mash" with a fiscal responsibility twist. Click here to watch the video.