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Daily Press Endorses Forbes

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Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bi-Partisan Endorsement - Daily Press

In the 3rd and 4th Congressional districts respectively, the Daily Press endorses Reps. Bobby Scott and Randy Forbes. Hampton Roads is likely to benefit from their continued regional advocacy.

Even though the incumbents sit on opposite sides of the aisle, the fabric of their public service has a common thread. They listen to constituents and act accordingly.

Both Mr. Forbes and Mr. Scott recognize the Hampton Roads concerns based on the potential local impact of decisions made at the federal level. For example both congessmen opposed the the bank bailout under the Trouble Asset Relief Program. Both voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011. That act is largely responsible for the end-of year budget cuts that are projected to have a catastrophic effect of our regional economy.

Certainly there are differences, both political and philosophical. Rep. Forbes is a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health benefits law passed by the then-Democrat-controll Congress. Rep. Scott supports ending the middle class payroll tax holiday as an element of deficit reduction. Mr. Forbes is hawkish on defense; Mr. Scott is hawkish on deficit controls. These approaches, at the local level, are pocketbook issues — two sides of the same coin in Hampton Roads.

There is a sense of urgency in the nation. When this paper last endorsed these legislators there was the usual litany of looming and/or existing problems not the least of which was the deficit, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Now, In this election cycle — as increasing entitlement costs threaten to overwhelm national safety net programs — federal and individual pocketbook agendas have gained more weight and immediacy than ever before.

The oft-repeated laundry list is familiar enough to be enshrined in song:

We need better schools, smarter technology, wiser spending, cheaper government, a well-equipt military, room to succeed ...

We already have goals. What we need is a Congress that will act to help us get there — without fleecing us.

This editorial page has often lamented on the unfortunate, devisive roll partisanship has played on Capitol Hill. There has to be a better way. Whether it's called "common ground" or "compromise" is of little consequence.

Should our representative fight for what they believe? Of course, tooth and nail. But, as we've said on these pages, after the knock-down drag-out part of what's been typical of congressional negotiation, our national legislators seem to have forgotten that their job description also has an expectation of reaching resolution. That must be the bottom line.

Here's a clue: Agreement especially if reached and enacted for the good of the country as a whole isn't "surrender."

If Reps. Scott and Forbes avoid partisan lock-step agendas, — and hold on to the common threads they share — perhaps they can find ways to reach across the aisle.

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