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This letter is in response to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s account of a recent town hall meeting published in The Lancaster News on Dec. 16, 2012.
Mulvaney said a constituent asked him a fairly straightforward question: Why won’t you compromise with the president? Instead of answering her question directly, he responded with a question.
He asked her if she wanted to sell her house. She said that she did not. He proceeded to insist he wanted to purchase her home, even though it was obvious she didn’t want to sell it, and, would never consider his offer. She insisted that he stop. He then accused her of not wanting to compromise with him. This was not compromise, nor could there be compromise until Mulvaney and the lady reach an agreement to buy and sell the house.
Mr. Mulvaney’s use of this as an example of a failed compromise is a basic point of his failed philosophy and congressional leadership. By using this example of the lady and the home she does not want to sell, he identifies himself as a bully. Webster defines “bully” as someone who does the following to others:
1: To treat abusively
2: To affect by means of force or coercion
Mulvaney said he hoped his point was fairly made. It was not. In my opinion, the message I got from reading his column is that he doesn’t understand compromise, which means to settle differences by mutual concessions; an adjustment of conflicting claims or principles by the sacrifice or surrender of a part of each (Webster’s Dictionary Encyclopedic Edition).
Mr. Mulvaney should lead by developing a plan or study someone else’s plan and compromising with portions. Compromise is a give-and-take negotiation.
Mr. Mulvaney demonstrates bullying qualities, not leadership instinct. He reacts on proposals as would a bully. Frankly, I am tired of listening to his constant complaining about Washington being broken. Get to work and fix it. Compromise. That’s what you were elected to do. If you can’t handle the job, resign.