Written by: Rebecca Harris, Senior at the University of Connecticut
What do you get when you mix Democrat blue and Republican red? Purple. America is running dangerously low on "purple" people who can see both sides of an issue and compromise to form bi-partisan solutions on a MORAL basis. That is the goal of this blog, to present unbiased and non-partisan information that shows both sides of an issue, and to inspire the American youth to educate themselves and influence change. An educated young electorate is vital to Democracy. This blog will be a champion of facts, and an enemy of information influenced by partisan ideology and political bias. I want to help eliminate the disconnect and disinterest that is present in my generation, and inspire social responsibility to educate ourselves.
The views expressed in this blog are my own
Due to a provision in the Budget Control Act passed in 2011 by the Senate Budget Committee, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts, also called sequestration, will go into affect in January 2013. The sequester was intended to encourage a bipartisan agreement to reduce the deficit by proposing legislation by the beginning of 2013. The idea is that the mounting pressure of these automatic spending cuts will make lawmakers progressively more worried about the effects of the sequester, and bring them back to the table to compromise and hammer out a bipartisan budget proposal.
In keeping with the theme of “Purple Politics”, it is extremely encouraging to see senators of both red and blue persuasions voicing promising words of compromise. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) has said that he is open to a plan that includes cutting spending as well as raising some revenues such as closing tax loop-holes and eliminating certain subsidies. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also voiced publicly that he is willing to eliminate certain tax deductions.
“We are so far in debt that if you don’t give up some ideological ground, the country sinks,” Graham said. “We need more revenue.”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has also supported a plan that would close certain tax loopholes and raise revenue.
Some democratic and republican senators are also in agreement that they would like to see more involvement from President Obama. Sen. McCain put it cordially, saying
“I’m not trying to put all of the blame on the president, but he has some responsibility in this dialogue.”
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) has publicly agreed with Sen. McCain’s comments
These bipartisan sentiments are of huge encouragement that a bipartisan solution is entirely possible, and we are inching closer to it each day despite a political environment that is plagued by polarity.
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author talks about equipoise in his new book the Social Animal. Equipoise is the ability to have the serenity to read the biases and failures in our own minds. People that have equipoise have epistemological modesty; they are able to adjust strengths of the conclusions to strength of their evidence. Someone who possesses equipoise is curious and open-minded. They are able to look at themselves and recognize their own biases. This I believe is the key trait that makes a person easy to work with and easy to compromise with, because they are able to reflect on their own biases and shortcomings and use their curiosity to explore other options. Equipoise is necessary however, to be truly successful in compromising, all parties involved must exhibit equipoise. Equipoise = Purple Politics.