Newsday: In D.C., the table is set for political compromise
Every election is a new beginning, and every new beginning is an opportunity for hope. After this congressional midterm contest, our hope is that Democrats, Republicans and President Donald Trump will seize an opportunity to work together for the good of the nation.
Our leaders must see that a constructive tone and real accomplishments are what best serve their constituents, their parties and their political careers. And the voters must help them to see that by rejecting hatred and partisanship and rewarding civility and compromise.
Early in Wednesday’s news conference, Trump teased the nation with hints of better angels. He suggested that the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives could lead to a “beautiful bipartisan type of situation,” and he endorsed frequent foil Nancy Pelosi for speaker.
This is a tremendous opportunity for progress through compromise right now.
The United States needs to re-imagine and rebuild its crumbling roads, bridges, railways and tunnels. Trump promised a big infrastructure plan, and a smart initiative to bring it to fruition would likely pass both houses easily. The same is true of a bigger, bolder approach to preventing and treating drug addiction, and of driving down prices of prescription drugs. It is true of passing comprehensive immigration laws that treat all newcomers humanely
Much of the nation, regardless of political identity, is exhausted by the chaos. Many of us are irritable, angry or frightened. It cannot be that way.