That’s an approach we’d like to see more of in Washington. Let’s start with the areas in which we can agree. Like the fact that entitlement programs are not sustainable in the long-term. What steps can be taken — small ones now, bigger ones down the road — to fix that problem over the next three decades? Taking a longer view and finding areas of agreement might be ways to make incremental progress.
So many of the problems Washington faces involve trillions of dollars and seem impossible to break down and find solutions. But progress begins with small steps.
The Iowa Legislature did a good job of finding common ground and building from there in the last legislative session.
Through bipartisan compromise — on which both sides made concessions — lawmakers were able to find accord on major policy issues like low-income health care, tax policy and education reform.
If it can happen in Des Moines, it can happen in Washington. If Wisconsin’s senators, Johnson and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, can find measures they agree on (and they did — they worked together on judicial appointments) their colleagues in the Senate can find similar common ground.