Voters could reshuffle congress for the next president
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Mitt Romney promises many things that, if elected, would need Congress to cooperate: 12 million jobs, a 20 percent tax cut, billions more for the military, or less regulation.

President Obama sent numerous bills to Congress to boost employment, benefit manufacturers, relieve mortgage holders, etc. Since 2010, Congress responded by stalling or sinking those and other bills. They did so, not because such measures were bad ideas, but because passing bills would allow progress for which the president could claim credit.

This is the Congress that cost the United States its credit rating, regardless of the consequences, to push narrow agendas. Which promises could Mitt Romney keep with such a Congress? Based on wins and losses expected for both parties in the House and Senate, Congress could return to gridlock again. Voters, however, could affect the outcome with a little homework before Nov. 6.

From their member of Congress, seeking reelection, voters could request a list of bills or measures worked on with anyone from the other party. If there is no list or if they cannot list one bipartisan effort, then vote to replace.

John-Paul O’Driscoll
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