Back to the OP... I am an independant voter that leans Republican that has never attended church other than a couple holidays when my parents thought it would be good to get the family together. Having a one party executive and legilative government makes me sick. Just look at the last 7 years, look at the first 2 years of Clinton, look at the Carter years.. You have to remember that even though Obama won huge in the electoral college, the popular vote wasn't all that far off the center so you can't say that the vast majority of the country feels that same as you. I also think you have to respect that not everyone is going to feel the same ass yourself on every issue, even within your own party. Going all for broke to your side, or any side, will only ensure that 4-8 years from now we will suredly swing all the way back. I don't see many of your issues listed as being right or Left issues..
Originally Posted by Livingston
I am reading in all the other political post about reaching across the aisle and bipartisan this and that... To the liberal/left-leaning/Democrat/etc., exactly what issues are you willing to meet halfway on?
Both sides want to do something about this. Left wants to go full bore into alt energy and stop all drilling. Right wants to take measured steps. How about if we start with shifting the Corn/Ethanol subsidies to wind and solar production. If investors had a clear policy that the government was truely behind this in an unpolitical way (corn subsidies to get the Iowa vote) and offered a timeline for alt energy subsidy or promotion that lasted longer than a presidential term they would be pouring money into it. No one wants to invest heavily into any of this if the next party in wants to change the rules.
Regardless of how much solar and wind energy we can produce over the next 10 years we still need to fuel our cars and trucks from gas until other technologies can sufficiently ween ourselves off of it.
This past campaign cycle has shown us what both parties and the media think of this. Truely sad, it is great that we have a minority pres but I think womens rights have been set back because of the negative reporting on whether Hillary is a bitch or what color dress either of them is going to wear today. Regardless of what you think about Bush or the Clinton presidencies, they both had cabinets highly populated with women and minorities in prominent positions and I think they both were able to push both of those issues into a more positive light.
Is this a right and left thing? I have met many Dems that are for the war and many Reps that are against it. Whatever you think about getting into it in the first place I think we have a moral obligation as the aggressor to do what we can to fix the problems and help the people we screwed over rather than duck and run.
Don't really have a solid opinion on it, obviously checks and balances didn't exist as they will not exist for at least the next 2 years.
Civil Unions/gay rights/bigotry?
Left leaning California apparently still has issues with it. I also think bigotry and homophobia trancends party lines, I think to say all Dems are pro gay and all Reps are anti gay is just plain wrong and comes from a poorly educated stereotype. I have asked gay friends of mine who are very vocal about it why they are pushing for "Marriage" which seems to be the issue and not for civil unions. They said they never really thought about it that way. I think this is a political issue that will never be truely touchedd by anyone because it is such a politcal hot potato. Any vote in congress on this issue would result in political suicide for any senator or rep involved. Marriage laws are the responsibilty of the states. A couple states have abandoned the Marriage issue and have implemented civil unions and have so far been successful, we need to move this out of the "Marriage, Bible, right and wrong" spotlight and turn it into a civil rights issue.
We could only dream..
I am against the class warfare that is perpetuated every election cycle. I have posted my opinion on taxes earlier in this thread. Trickle down does work, look at any town in Colorado that survives on tourism. If people don't have discretionary income regardless of whether you make 30k or millions, they don't have money to spend on anything other than the essentials. Bustling mountain towns like Breckenridge, Frisco, Vail / Eagle, Aspen Valley and so on would look alot like Leadville.
Ask Barney Frank, Democrat and Chairman of the US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee what he thinks about regulation.
Please, tell me what you want to concede?
Either side not concedeing will only lead to what we have just gone through. If you enjoyed that go ahead and perpetuate non-cooperation.