YOUNG VOICES: I hope Obama's charm offense brings compromise

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: I hope Obama's charm offense brings compromiseBy Katie Goodrich nwitimes.com
March 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

After recent events, a change might be on the horizon of the American political arena. The beginning of March brought about the sequester. Congress could not come to a consensus, so President Barack Obama signed the budget cuts into law on March 1.

This $85 billion spending cut was a wake-up call to government officials. Finger-pointing ensued, but at the heart of the issue, both parties were to blame. Compromise comes from both sides.

Democrats and Republicans alike both officially stated they did not want to sequester to go through, yet they were could not come to an agreement. They had a deadline, and they did not meet it. Once a deadline comes and goes, there are no second chances. If you don’t meet a deadline, there are consequences.

I have deadlines at school, and there are repercussions if I do not meet them. When it comes to the national government, the effects of a missed deadline are immeasurably greater than not getting points for a project.

The sequester will soon make itself known to the population. Lines at airports are already getting longer. National parks have pushed back opening times. Public tours of the White House have also been cut. Slowly but surely, the public will see more things change because of this law.

Although the president spoke of the sequester as if it would devastate our entire nation, he has changed his tune. Instead of being a disaster of monumental proportions, it is now an obstacle we can conquer.

Obama has also started a new movement: his “charm offensive.” He has invited several key Republicans to dinner and lunch with him. This gesture might just be a public relations move, but if the meetings go well, the atmosphere in Washington might greatly improve.

Both political parties need to be willing to compromise, for that is the only way anything will ever be achieved. Democrats and Republicans need to remember who they are representing and keep the country’s needs in mind. Politicians always have to walk a fine line, but ultimately, they are supposed to make decisions and come to agreements regarding our nation’s future.

Missing deadlines and playing the blame game will not improve our country. Compromise and taking responsibility will.

Maybe we have reached an era of fist bumps and high fives rather than mudslinging and trash-talking. The president’s new approach could ease party lines.

Although a dinner will not solve all the differences between the two parties, tensions will be decreased.

This new environment could breed more cooperation and advancement for Obama’s efforts will certainly influence Washington. Hopefully, it will be a positive impact.

Katie Goodrich, of Hammond, is a senior at Gavit High School. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's.

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