Letters to the Editor

Compromise won't yield big ideas to fix problems

The people have spoken loudly. Term limits are here. Either you listen to your constituents or you go home.

I am sure a few in the new Congress will start to listen to the pundits about how they should compromise their values and principles so the government can solve big national problems. Big ideas that solve big problems don't come from compromise. Compromise yields inefficiency. Compromise optimizes the lowest common denominator, not out-of-the-box, creative solutions. Compromise is an excuse to avoid making the hard decisions that require some pain and sacrifice.

A few of the recently elected were returned to Congress with an Obama mandate. Most, including Democrats, were sent to get the economy growing and help people get back to work in the private sector. Their constituents voted them in to reduce the size of government and spending, fix the tax system, provide incentives for businesses to expand and to keep regulation from being an impediment to economic growth. That's a pretty straightforward performance plan. If they listen to lobbyists, the media and the folks who didn't vote for them, they do so at their own peril.

This election was a game-changer. Voters will stay engaged. They will hold their representatives accountable for their performance plan. Probably many more in Congress will need to be term-limited before the voters are taken seriously.

Pete ShawOkatie