Election Day is next Tuesday and with it, your chance to affect government.  We don’t do politics on this blog, but we do government. We criticize when called for and praise when earned.  Okay, I admit it.  There hasn’t been much to praise recently. 

Texas Farm Bureau: Governing is choices and compromise. Let’s get to it!

The debate on all the cable news shows is over whether or not government, at the federal level is “broken.” Well, Duh.  Of course it’s broken.  It’s never been more broken and frankly we’re seeing a lot of that in Texas government as well.

The extremes of the political spectrum, left and right, are throwing a blue faced tantrum.  There is no pretense of compromise, no give and take.  In every human relationship, we negotiate, we compromise and we decide what we are willing to give up in order to get something else we want.  Why should politics be any different?  It’s not, and the inability to accept this simple concept is the reason government is broken.

My message to the far left is, “No, we are not going to accept pushing the U.S. toward a status akin to the socialist democracies of Western Europe.”  The current majority in Washington misread their mandate in trying to achieve this.  Having said that, we know that there are certain things that only government can do.  Left unchecked, markets and capitalism sometimes go off the rails.  Reasonable amounts of adult supervision and regulations are prudent.  Too much of it can be a disaster.  Just check out what’s going on at EPA.  Park the steamroller and seek out common ground.

My message to the far right is, “There has got to be more to your plan than ‘no new taxes or reduce taxes.”  Government has obligations.  I am closer to your position than to the left, but come on.  Stonewalling is a poor tactic.  Compromise is possible and desirable without sacrificing principle.  Failing to understand this is why you’re now in the minority.  Americans are with you on smaller government, but you really haven’t delivered on that.  We can’t spend like we’ve been spending under both Democrats and Republicans without the bill coming due.  I’m not comfortable in sticking my five month old granddaughter with the check.

What I’m getting at here is that both sides have their feet set in stone, claiming that it has to be all white or all black.  There are shades of gray in governing.  There are tough decisions that must be made.  People live in the big middle. Ideologues like to lurk on the edges.  If the left and right can move to the middle, I think they’ll find most people there waiting for them.  Governing is choices.  Governing is compromise.  It has been thus since the beginning of our republic.

If you think your elected officials need a nudge to get there, Tuesday is your chance.


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Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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3 Responses to “Governing is choices and compromise. Let’s get to it!”

  1. Dale Murden says:

    I honestly don’t believe that any "heavy lifting" will ever get done without term limits of all offices.

  2. If you haven’t been convinced by now that the Dems are the big spenders, you never will be.

  3. Oh I believe it Bill – the current deficits are staggering. However, the last time the Rs were in charge there were some staggering deficits and a brand new entitlement program. What’s the old saw? "Dems and Repubs will both spend like crazy, but the Repubs will tell you they are really sorry about it." If find some bright spots in both parties and clearly the Obama administration needs a firewall. But frankly, I’m pretty disgusted by both at present.

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