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Our View | A plea to politicians: Just do something

Most politicians, it seems, will tell you that compromise depends on the other side of the aisle.

As the dust settles on 2014’s midterm elections, we think it’s time to put mirrors in the aisles, or remove the aisles altogether and rearrange the chairs.

Good grief, Washington and Harrisburg: Get on with the people’s business.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians retained U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson and tossed out Gov. Tom Corbett and state Rep. Mike Fleck — all by wide margins — and Republicans regained control of Congress.

To all of the winners, we say congratulations.

To all of the winners, and to those they work with, we also say: The people have spoken. Now it’s time to do something — anything — and pass meaningful legislation.

President Barack Obama and apparent incoming Senate leader Mitch McConnell have pledged bipartisanship in the next two years, a pledge we’ve all heard before. We’ll gladly take any hint of cooperation in the next few months, but remain skeptical as the clock winds toward 2016 and transition in the White House.

Thompson points to toppled Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid — and the pile of bills on his desk — as the main reason for gridlock in our nation’s capital. Come January, that obstacle — and our patience for excuses — will be gone. It seems the House and Senate blame each other these days for Washington’s failures as much as our politicians blame the opposing political party.

Incoming state Rep. Richard Irvin says he considers himself a conservative and, like many politicians, might find it difficult to stray from party lines.

To Irvin and all of our other representatives: Nobody ever said it would be easy. You’ve been elected to represent your district and the commonwealth, not your party. Never forget that.

Too often, our representatives blame the rival party or executive branch — or vice versa — for stagnancy in government.

The responsibility for our nation’s political morass does not lie solely in the hands of a particular party or ideology. In our view, all of them are to blame (not to mention apathetic voters).

We say to them all: Stop pointing fingers and look yourselves in the mirror. There you will find the biggest key to change and compromise.

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