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By Merilee Dannemann

Read my lips: No new pledges. How’s that for a campaign slogan?
The recent debate over the federal debt limit showed millions of Americans just how dysfunctional our federal leadership has become, if they needed another demonstration.
Since the 2012 Congressional election season has already begun, it’s not too early to talk about what we really want from our representatives in Congress.
New Mexico has only three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, two of which have incumbent advantages, and one Senate seat on the ballot next year.
There is no reason today to believe that the deep division among voters will change much. I speculate that public opinion will continue to be roughly evenly divided, with many independent voters choosing the lesser of two evils, and that the 2012 election will leave neither major party with a clear majority.
Therefore, if Congress is to be capable of making decisions based on merit and not merely what can be arm-twisted, compromise is going to be necessary.
The harsh reality is that it won’t matter what you think is “right” or how passionately you believe that the other guys are wrong. Your preferred party will not be able to force its will on both houses of Congress and the President, whether that President is Mr. Obama or someone else.


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