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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy stated in “Decisions for a Decade”: “If a legislator is 'safe' from competition, or if he represents groups with the same economic and political beliefs, he does not have to change his ideas or respond to the needs of the broader population. He can rest content with a mediocre, absentee performance knowing he will be returned to office. And as he is returned year after year the seniority system gives him immense control over people from other parts of the country whose views he need not heed at all.” Do we Americans really want this?

What’s wrong with our country?

Budget deficits: Out-of-control.

U.S. economy: Lukewarm.

Competitiveness: Decreasing.

Workforce: Need steady and good-paying jobs.

Tax code: 73,954 pages taxing non-CPA/accountants' minds.

Affordable Care Act: 20,000 pages; 159 new boards and agencies.

Students: Educating for yesterday instead for tomorrow.

Student loans: Unmanageable with low-paying jobs.

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Government operations: Impaired functioning (i.e. VA, etc.).

National security and military: Weak.

Infrastructure: Needs attention.

Reform needed: Tax, ACA, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, term limits, campaign finance.

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World’s redeemer: Take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.

Congress: Too much bickering and not giving up enough.

Congressional pay, raises and benefits: Should be in line with average American workers.

Sacrifice: Not enough. We need more.

All our challenges can become our opportunities. Our president and Congress must work in partnership, forging a different path, reaching for the unexpected, actively seeking disagreement in order to agree, and respect details (however, please, no more 73,954 tax code pages and 20,000 ACA pages).

Remember your most unhappy voters are your greatest source of learning.

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