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Political moderates reach consensus on key bills


LETTERS (December 19, 2015)

Political moderates reach consensus on key bills

“While The Herald’s recent editorial on “fear and rage” in the GOP offered some valid criticisms of candidate rhetoric in the presidential race, it told an incomplete tale. For too long politicians on the extreme left and right have used the politics of fear and rage to bamboozle voters. The left tries to convince voters that Republicans want to take away health care and Social Security from elders. The right often uses immigration and terrorism to suggest that Democrats are lax on security.

Few perhaps realize that the current Congress, which has been widely characterized as obstructionist and dysfunctional, has nevertheless passed several important pieces of bipartisan legislation, including an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind legislation, the Girls Count Act of 2015, and most recently, a $1.1 trillion federal budget. Passage of such legislation is not accidental, but is the result of moderates from both parties who are willing to reach across the aisle to build consensus to get done the important work for which they were elected. If we want all our children to grow up in a country that is safe, prosperous, just and civil, then we as voters must reject the politics of division and fear. We must be willing to set aside preconceptions and biases, and seek to understand the issues and candidates’ positions and proposed solutions. And we must all be prepared to do the hard work of compromise and consensus building to advance amity and progress.”

— Casey Lucius, Pacific Grove

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