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Extremes make gridlock inevitable

A couple weeks ago, Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature made a budget deal which, in essence, leaves it up to the voters in 2012 to determine the course of Minnesota's future.

It appears the federal government has done the same.

The legislation that solves the federal debt crisis pairs an increase in the government's borrowing cap with promises of more than $2 trillion of budget cuts over the upcoming decade.

While it is difficult to tell exactly what is in the bill, suffice it to say, it avoids the "sacred cows" for both parties -- for the Republicans, increasing taxes on the rich, and for the Democrats, cutting social programs.

If anyone is to blame for this, it is the voting public. When voters elect members of Congress with extreme views on either side of the aisle, and do not give full majority to either side, gridlock is inevitable.

In 2012, the voters need to make this right. If citizens truly believe that our federal deficit and debt should be handled with spending cuts alone, then we should elect a Republican president and Congressional majority. If we think tax increases should offset spending cuts, then we should re-elect Obama and elect a Democratic majority.

If you believe there should be a compromise, then clearly, electing more politicians with extremist views is not the answer. While a compromised solution would be a good thing, whether they have a majority or not, politicians with extreme views are not built for compromise.

We as voters need to choose what we want the future of our country to be. We can no longer afford to let politicians and idealogues dictate it to us. -- Fergus Falls Daily Journal