Compromise, Republican Style

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With the new Republican House and Senate, we are being bombarded by their talking points about all the ways they are looking to compromise with President Obama, and how they want to prove their “ability to govern.”

I can’t think of one policy concession the Republicans have made in order to hew to their new ethic of compromise.

There’s only one problem with this approach. To Republicans, governing means passing the policies they already agree upon and pressuring the President not to veto them. I can’t think of one policy concession the Republicans have made in order to hew to their new ethic of compromise.

Moreover, the Republicans seem to have been emboldened by their majority in the Senate to change policies that have already been enacted. For example, instead of just trying to fight the President’s recent executive order on immigration, they have backtracked to oppose his Dream Act policies for the children of immigrants. No matter how many times Republicans try to pursue these policies, the President will always veto them.

In a sentence, compromise demands concessions on both sides. If the Republicans wish to affect public policy, they must give a little to get a little. Throwing bombs will never work, and it may even result in the shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, an action we can ill afford in light of the attacks in Paris.