The scope of needed policy changes makes it essential that the political system work more effectively. Both the public and elected officials can do things to help. We encourage individualsto learn about the issues and policy tradeoffs we face as a nation. No one commentator or source, including AARP, holds a monopoly on the truth. A more informed public debate would emerge if more individuals exposed themselves to a range of opinion. We urge our leaders to work cooperatively and respectfully with each other, even when they disagree, for the good of the country. Excessive partisanship leads to polarization and gridlock, which don’t solve a thing.
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