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However, Obama and the Democrats have made it clear that they will not negotiate with Republicans over a debt limit increase.

In all of my years in politics, I have never seen an administration more averse to meeting and negotiating with those on the other side of the aisle. In my day, sure, many of us didn’t agree on all the issues, but we had the wherewithal to meet, negotiate and try to understand one another for the common good of the nation.

Allow me to review a little bit of history. When President Lyndon Johnson was trying to push Congress to agree on and pass massive civil rights legislation, Johnson, a Democrat, visited the home of Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, and together they had drinks and worked on the bill for hours.

I regularly met with and had dinner with Democratic Senators Joe Biden and Dennis DeConcini to iron out bipartisan measures.

Sadly, this type of camaraderie does not exist today, and as a result you have looming government shutdowns instead of legislation that’s in the best interests of the country. It’s a sorry state of affairs.

Republicans and Democrats cannot allow rigid political philosophies to supersede common sense and bring about a ruinous outcome for the U.S. In fact, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill can learn a lesson from our legislators right here in Nassau County, who, on Sept. 23, voted unanimously in support of the Nassau Coliseum redevelopment project.

After years of failed attempts, Nassau County is finally going to get the sports and entertainment center it deserves at no expense to taxpayers. County Executive Ed Mangano was on hand to celebrate this great accomplishment, stating, “It ends a decade of Long Island ‘no’s,’ and now we stand here with a resounding Long Island ‘yes.’”

Construction will begin on Aug. 1, 2015. A revamped Coliseum will be a great addition to Long Island, and I can’t wait to attend future events there.

Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.


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Mr. D'Amato, the polls show, overwhelmingly, that the public does not support Obamacare. So we are no longer living in a representative republic in my humble opinion. When the governing body, whom we elected to represent us, no longer listens, THAT is the real concern. We all know that the failure of Obamacare would be the ultimate in humiliation to our child-like Commander-in-Chief. You state in your article that this is his "top Legislative achievement." Therefore, his minions will be damned before they let that happen to this sociopathetic president. He truly suffers from personality disorder. He is detached, his eyes are vacant, he's unfeeling and extremely egomaniacal. He blatantly lies and believes his lies. He comes out with something at a press conference and then emphatically denies that he said it, at a future interview or when someone holds his feet to the fire, which is rare. So please don't impune Mr. Cruz's attempt to save this Republic from a rogue administration. He [Cruz] is the only one doing what we sent him to Washington to do. REPRESENT THE PEOPLE!! A shut down of this monstrous leviathan would be welcome, I'm sure. Nothing catastrophic is going to happen, like we were told about the sequester. The sky was going to fall and guess what? It didn't. Now we're being sold the same bill of goods. But I, for one, am not buying it. So what if some of the public sector people lose their jobs.....now they'll feel the same pain as the private sector's unemployed, who have been victims of Obama's economy for five years now. Let's see how they like it when their jobs are tossed due to the policies of their boss! And the stock market!!! Don't make me laugh. They're in bed with Obama so I don't care a lick about them. When you sleep with dogs you get fleas!

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To fix the overall problems with the House and Senate, the answer is to have term limits. Then they will start thinking about what is good for America.

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