Our political impasses are solvable…except the lust for power blurs vision for the common good. We can balance a budget, secure our borders, offer equity and opportunity, provide for our defense and rebuild infrastructure with skilled people ready to help. But too many leaders would rather agitate than build. It is easier to promise the unachievable than call for integrity.
I have three questions as you propose legislation:
First, who benefits? Are we aiming for the common good or lining the pockets of a few?
Second, what are the principles behind the laws? The ideas and virtues underneath do matter.
Third, how will we pay for this? Are we moving toward fiscal stability or deficit-spending our way to power?
Stewarding the public trust requires courage, moral clarity and wisdom.