To The Daily Sun,
I vote Democratic. I am a social liberal and fiscal conservative who is sick of the Washington gridlock. In a conversation with my good conservative friend I found that we are in agreement on the need for action on our national budget.
We agree that the excesses in social and operational spending must be drastically curtailed. Social Security, Pentagon, Medicare, agribusiness (sugar, cotton), Medicaid, NASA, and on and on must be reduced for us to have a country that can afford to operate into the future. The tax structure must be completely changed to eliminate the benefits to special interest groups.
I think that there is starting to be a centerist group of congressmen from both parties who see that the current stalemate in both houses can be broken by those, like my friend and me, who see the need to make substantial changes in budget items close to their hearts. The first substantial sign of this is the cooperation by the Koch brothers and the liberal members of state and national political bodies on drastically changing the penal system.
One very important change that is needed to expedite the above is the elimination of gerrymandering of voting districts in the states. California has done this. Other states need to follow. As long as liberals and conservatives run from safe districts the far fringes in both parties are the ones who end up in the House in Washington. They have no incentive to vote other than as their districts want them to.
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