As politicians begin gathering momentum for the seemingly never-ending campaigns when airways will be flooded with ads and when voters will be desperate for some sort of serious content, this is our opportunity as Americans to change the subject to something that matters.
With enough serious discussion, we may find out that our disagreements are not so wide and that there are opportunities and advantages to working together to rebuild and renew the foundation of our country’s prosperity.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is a member of the Ways and Means and Budget committees. He served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for a decade.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.