Now that the election is over, many Americans say the gridlock getting in the way of passing legislation has to go.
"Because they're doing the American public a disservice. What would happen if we performed our jobs that way? I think we need to see results and they need to set aside their differences and come together. If you look at what's happened over the last four years very few changes were made. Most of the changes were made when the democrats controlled the house. Once it became controlled by the republicans there was no more compromises," says Houstonian Barbara Cooper.
With fractions of the country fighting for one candidate or another that has added a great deal of separation across the country. Now, many hope the division will be subtracted from the country. So the question is how do you get the two groups, Democrats and Republicans, to work as one and do what's best for the country? Is it a simple math equation or more like tabulating trigonometry?
"Americans are Americans regardless. We're all one family regardless of what political party you might be in. No matter what happens it affects everyone. We just need to come together," adds Houston resident Frank Warford.
Rice University Political Science Professor Mark Jones says in order for the gridlock to go away Republicans and Democrats will have to, well, do the c-word, compromise.
"Everybody wants the end of partisan gridlock but what most people want is their vision to be the dominant one.
"I mean little kids have to learn how to compromise. You'd think that grown men would too," says Eduardo who lives in Houston.
I for one do not mind political gridlock. The fewer laws that our "representatives" make "for us" is better. Most laws today infringe on individual liberties.
We need to repeal laws not add more to the hopper.
"I note one proposal to make this Congress a two-house body. Excellent — the more impediments to legislation the better. But, instead of following tradition, I suggest one house of legislators, another whose single duty is to repeal laws. Let the legislators pass laws only with a two-thirds majority... while the repealers are able to cancel any law through a mere one-third minority. Preposterous? Think about it. If a bill is so poor that it cannot command two-thirds of your consents, is it not likely that it would make a poor law? And if a law is disliked by as many as one-third is it not likely that you would be better off without it?"
Robert Heinlein "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
The professor is speaking to the new congress on the moon. I think he may have the right idea.