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May 18, 2012 | in video, John Avlon, liani balasuriya, Make Congress Work, No Budget No Pay
Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has long held sway over members of Congress by holding them to a pledge against tax increases. But a small and increasingly vocal group of freshman lawmakers are pushing back.
Yesterday the Senate held five absolutely meaningless, pointless and time-wasting budget votes that never had a chance of passing. Then, senators took to the spin zone to start casting blame. It’s like a golfer whiffing on his first tee shot five times, walking off the course and claiming he just played a great round. Saying the budget process is broken doesn't even get at how bad it has become in Washington. Now senators are stomping on the budget process's tattered remains.
Yesterday the Senate passed bipartisan legislation by a 78-20 vote -- and it didn't just name a post office. The legislation reauthorized the 80-year-old Export-Import Bank, which makes loan guarantees to foreign buyers who seek to do business with U.S. exporters.
This November, let us remember that compromise is not synonymous with betrayal or independence a weakness. Let us reward candidates who put country ahead of party and progress before ideological orthodoxy. Above all, let us look for candidates with the character to write new profiles in courage.
What if there were no labels, only ideas? What if, for example, we only referred to healthcare as healthcare, not Obamacare or Romneycare? Not the Democratic program or the Republican program, but the healthcare program. What would organizations on one side or the other do if their only alternative was to come together? They would spend more time Promoting Positivity instead of Fighting Negativity, promoting positive issues instead of trying to beat back negative ones.