'Let's focus on cooperation in government'
To the Editor:
Many people called President Obama naïve after his election when he declared he was going to work with Republicans to move the country forward in dire times. And they were right.
Republicans did not want to "play nice" with others. But that doesn't mean our elected officials shouldn't keep trying to work across the aisle so the country can solve difficult problems.
Two of the candidates up for election have shown how this can be done. They are Democrats who believe in working across the aisle.
Together, these two congressmen are working to solve some of the country's employment problems with two carefully considered acts, the 21st Century Buy American Act and The American Jobs Matter Act.
These men understand we live in a global economy. The bills they have written take that into account, but they also know there is more that can be done to assist companies in creating jobs in the United States.
Some of the elements of their bills sound like common sense, but are not the way business is presently done.
For instance, for a product to be considered "American Made," at present it only needs 50 percent domestic content. Their bill would require 60 percent domestic content.
Their bills ask that government consider whether companies are the last domestic supplier of critical goods before awarding contracts and what the impact of a foreign contract would have on the American job market, instead of just seeking the world's lowest common denominator.
Because she is aware of finances and their impact, some people have said that makes her conservative, but getting Democrats and Republicans to work together is neither conservative nor liberal. It is what governments do to get things done.
Let's cut out all the negative flyers filling our mailboxes from folks with too much money and too few practical ideas and focus on the kind of cooperation that makes good government happen.