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Righting the wrongs
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In a perfect world -- in a political system that functioned more as our forefathers intended rather than how it actually does -- elected officials in Washington would take on issues based on the importance of those matters rather than how the politicians would be affected at the ballot box in their next re-election campaign. But, of course, it’s not a perfect world, and sometimes lawmakers can be most productive when they can plow ahead without having to worry about repercussions at the voting booth. That’s why eight retiring U.S. senators might be effective in trying to prod the Senate to take on controversial issues that have been avoided in the past -- the budget deficit, energy policy, entitlements and other politically sensitive matters.