By Dave Roseleip
Now that the latest legislative debacle (healthcare) is over, it is time to do what should have been done in the last eight years. That is to work across the aisle, make Congress great again by governing for the American people, not for political party interests. The No Labels Coalition is gaining more influence because it makes sense. Their website is http://www.nolabels.org and states: “American politics is more unpredictable than ever, which makes it even more important to have a stabilizing force within our Congress; a bloc of elected officials who combine ideological independence and common sense with the willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done”. The creation of such a bloc is the central mission of No Labels. This is what the country’s forefathers envisioned.
In order to be successful for the people, legislators must reach across the aisle to work together as Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that will reform the tax code, fix but not replace the ACA, and reasonably work on the immigration laws. They must work together to address military spending, social programs, entitlements and the budget deficit. They must work together to address Citizens United and to get the dark money out of politics.
I’ve been around long enough to remember the great days of smart legislating, when Tom Foley was Speaker of the House and the leaders were Statesman who reached across the aisle to work on programs that were best for all Americans not just small segments of Americans. It is time for that type of leadership again. That type of thinking is promoted by the No Labels organization. It is time for our congressmen to do the job they are elected to do; to take seriously the mission of each elected official. That mission is to serve the American people.