Can America be fixed? Of course it can. We’re Americans aren’t we?

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I must admit that I spent a few sleepless nights after I made the commitment to run for office to represent California’s 45th Congressional District. Anyone who wouldn’t is either a fool or a career politician. All that politicians have to worry about is getting elected. Obviously, they don’t think much about solving problems. If they did we wouldn’t be in the position we are today, would we? No, fixing America is going to take all of us working together. You better roll up your sleeves, too.

If you stop and think about the problems facing America, you may just bury your head in your hands and give up. Yes, it’s really that bad, but it’s not beyond hope. Nothing is beyond hope for Americans. Our hope and our confidence are defining characteristics of Americans and they allow me to sleep peacefully.

The current session of Congress doesn’t appear to be solving much of anything, does it? The House keeps passing legislation that Harry Reid won’t even allow to come to a vote in the Senate, and if a bill were to sneak past him, President Obama is waiting in the West Wing with his veto pen in hand. Wait a minute. Who’s supposed to be the party of “No”?

What can the next session of Congress do any differently? Actually, not much if we keep sending people to Washington who can’t leave their partisanship at the door. Even if, by some miracle, the Republican’s were to win super majorities in both chambers sufficient to override Obama’s vetoes, there is dissension in their ranks as well. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have declared open war on conservatives.

I suspect that the Democrats may be more willing to work with the Republicans. The recent vote in the special election in Florida gives me hope. The Democrats have been given a clear message that the people aren’t going to support them blindly in the next election. Democratic candidates pleas to mend Obamacare, “Not end it”, fell on deaf ears. Hopefully, that attitude will prevail again in November and the people will send Representatives and Senators to Congress who are committed to ending it and solving problems rather than exacerbating them with ill-crafted legislation such as the Affordable Care Act.

Also, we have to be realistic. Not everything can be fixed in just one session. Many issues, even important issues, will have to sit on the back burner while Congress focuses on restoring the economy and getting government out of the way of the people who create jobs. Without these fixes, nothing else matters. For example, even though we have the best and mightiest military in the world, they can’t defend us if we can’t afford to deploy them. Likewise, we can’t address the health and welfare of citizens without the wealth needed to pay for them.

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