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Congress continues to get meaner

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE – Washington, D.C. continues to get increasingly meaner with no end in sight. The recent national election changed nothing. The players are still the same and even if they had changed, little good would have resulted.
A major change in attitude must take place. Moderates currently get “primaried” by their own parties for not being radical enough right or left. This polarization was not always the case.
Fifty years ago our nation faced huge problems – communist fears, racial tensions and our first Catholic president. Many figured the Pope would move into the Lincoln bedroom and start running the government. But Washington remained basically civil. Moderate Democrats and Republicans managed to hammer out problems despite the crazies on the fringe.
Now extremists are causing enough problems that Congress and the president are afraid to move. The causes likely are many. One of my favorite solutions is that members of Congress should get to know each other.
Senators, except a few from neighboring states, still live in Washington. But House members usually don’t anymore. The thought of congressmen living in their offices was downright weird. In fact, it wasn’t allowed until recently.


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