Is Compromise Really A Dirty Word?

Posted on July 26, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last night in his address to the nation, President Obama said that Washington has become “a town where compromise has become a dirty word.” He was of course referring to the ultra-partisan, political jockeying and ideological grandstanding that have become part and parcel of the debt ceiling debate that has taken the country to the brink of economic calamity.

The lack of compromise, the inability to find common ground in order to craft real solutions to our nation’s shared problems—jobs, climate change, health care just to name a few—is why nothing of substance is getting done on Capitol Hill. No wonder the American public is angry and fed-up.

When I listen to the Democrats and Republicans arguing with one another, each side acting like spoiled little children screaming at the top of their lungs while at the same time covering their ears, I think of that iconic line from the movie Cool Hand Luke—“What we got here is a failure to communicate.”

We, at Turner Government and Public Affairs, understand the absolute necessity of effective communication—of successfully selling an idea or a position to both sides of the aisle. We pride ourselves in our proven ability to advance the priorities and goals of our bipartisan client base, and we do that because among other things, we understand that communicating effectively is predicated on establishing common ground, which is at the heart of compromise.

At Turner we have established a culture of accomplishment working with Congress and regulatory agencies in Washington. We know how to bridge complex constituencies and form strategic alliances with government and industry leaders to achieve success for our clients.

That is why I find what’s playing out in Washington these days so personally frustrating.

As President Obama noted in his speech last night, Americans may have voted for a divided government, but what they didn’t vote for was a dysfunctional government.

It’s time that our so-called leaders in Washington find common ground, hammer out a doable “compromise” and get to finally doing what we elected them to do—find real solutions to our nation’s concerns. In a word—GOVERN.


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