In the OpEd section of Wednesday”s (July 5th) Wall Street Journal, columnist William A. Galston exhorts his fellow Democrats to begin to see the other side’s viewpoint. This would be a move toward a compromise, something recently unheard of in Washington! He quotes pollster Stanley Greenberg, who has investigated, for election reasons, why white working class voters went for Trump. He quotes partisan economist Paul Krugman in 2006 talking about fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants, and the reduction of wages in low skill jobs. He quotes other Democrats–Robert Kuttner, Peter Beinart, Jeff Colgan, and Robert Keohane who are acknowledging at least some of the points of the other side.
Both sides have some valid points, as well as some positions so offensive to the other side of the debate as to cut off discussion. A centrist, compromise position appears in some of the early postings on this blog, if you would like to review them.
What we need now in Congress, in the absence of a third party, is some courageous leadership. We need to have a bill introduced, with bipartisan sponsorship, and the sponsors of the bill need to get out in front of the media and the public, and explain why such balanced legislation will please everyone a little bit, no one completely, but will allow the issue to be put to rest for a generation or so, and allow the country to move forward.