Letter to the editor: Vermonters join the No Labels movement

Vermonters join the No Labels movement

Are you sick and tired of legislative gridlock in Washington? And political parties fighting each other's ideas just because the ideas come from the other side of the aisle? I'm fed up, too. That's why I recently attended the No Labels Convention in New Hampshire and then decided to take action by volunteering to be the No Labels Vermont state Congressional district coordinator.

Why No Labels? Because I'm drawn to a movement that asks our politicians, present and future, to stop bickering, put country before party, and begin working together to solve our nation's most pressing problems in a spirit of compromise. Chaired by Former Governor Jon Hunstman (R- UT) and former Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), No Labels brings together Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and others who believe that we don't have to give up our labels (just put them aside) to do what's best for America. No Labels legislators are called Problem SolversTM , and I'm proud that Vermont's Congressman Peter Welch is one of our key problem solving leaders in the House.

No Labels supporters are asking all members of Congress to support House and Senate resolutions calling on lawmakers of both parties to make goal-setting a primary component of the way that each chamber does business. Internally and through a nationally-conducted poll of voters, No Labels has identified four key majority-approved goals that are vital to a vibrant America:

• To create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years

• To secure Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years;

• To balance the federal budget by 2030; and

• To make America energy secure by 2024

In the weeks before New Hampshire's Presidential primary next January, No Labels will award a Problem Solvers Seal to Presidential candidates who make and sustain the following commitments to the American people: (1) Embrace the No Labels "National Strategic Agenda" http://www.nolabels.org/national-strategic-agenda/); (2) If elected as President, gather House and Senate leaders from both parties to begin to work on at least one of the four goals (as above) within the first 30 days in office and commit to a bipartisan process to achieve the agreed upon goal or goals; and (3) Go on the record, publicly affirming a commitment to do the above.

If you feel as I do -- that it's time to drop party lines for the common good -- then add your name to the growing roster of No Labels citizens – including hundreds in Vermont -- who demand this necessary change in behavior. Go to http://www.nolabels.org/take-action/.

— Rosalie Fox, volunteer, No Labels Congressional District/Vermont Dorset


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