Political Commentary Prowess: Two sides need to work together
The White House announced on Wednesday morning that President Barack Obama will meet with his former Republican challenger Mitt Romney Thursday.
This will be the first time the two will meet face-to-face since the results of the Nov. 6 election.
During Obama’s acceptance speech, he congratulated Romney on his campaign and said he was “looking forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.”
As I have previously said, this is what the Obama administration needs to do in order to tackle this fiscal cliff.
Yes, this cliff is everywhere, but that’s because Congress has done nothing to quell American’s fears that the nation won’t go into recession.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke out Tuesday and said that Congress hasn’t come far enough developing a plan.
Right now, Republicans are willing to consider tax increases on the wealthy to avert the cliff, but Democrats are still hesitant to accept larger cuts to benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare.
Between the fight over benefit programs, and the fight between the White House and Republicans over raising tax rates on the upper tax bracket, this meeting between Romney and Obama could shed some light on the bleak outlook prior to the Dec. 31 cliff deadline.
Democrats, who are battling their egos after the election, are moving away from cutting spending, trying to avoid cuts that were talked about last year during the potential government shutdown.
In the past, Obama was willing to cut back Social Security costs by lowering cost-of-living increases, but he has since turned away from this.
If this meeting goes well, it could be a step in the right direction for both parties.
Hopefully, Obama will be able to convince Romney to go back and talk to his fellow Republicans so that the two sides can work together.
For far too long, the divide among party lines has held this country back. The government has almost been shut down several times because the two sides couldn’t work on a budget together and now it looks like they could allow the country to slip into a recession again.
I am still sticking by the idea that even if they don’t meet the Dec. 31 deadline, Congress will still have time to come up with something. But we can’t keep saying that forever because the summer of 2013 will come eventually and hopefully Obama and Romney can lead their respective parties closer to one another.