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Now is time for elected leaders to work together

Posted: November 18, 2010 3:55 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Our mid-term general election is over, and several thoughts come to mind.

Many conservative Americans seem woefully ignorant of the economic history of our country. The single thing that made America great economically has been the creation of a large middle class earning decent living wages.

The Roosevelt administration created the rights of collective bargaining on the behalf of workers. Unions then ended starvation wages and created a strong middle class. Other social programs such as the GI bill, Social Security and Medicare have enhanced that lifestyle for the benefit of the whole country.

Our leaders of the 21st century must develop the abilities to discern between accurate and misleading data, to work more efficiently by utilizing the latest technology and to participate in the Democratic process by knowledgeably debating issues without being disagreeable.

Our leaders must also be able to work as effective team members within increasingly diverse groups, and they must embrace with enthusiasm the skills of divergent thinking and creative problem-solving.

This may be a more difficult way for our leaders to govern, but we should not allow them to abandon it as a goal.

I have no desire to be among the first generation of Americans leaving less for my children than was left for me. I pray regularly for our thoughtful leaders who will come forward and challenge the status quo.

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