Congress speaks out of both sides of its mouth. As a retired schoolteacher, I have followed politics close enough to convince myself to be a diehard independent. Recent politics enforces this mindset, that party Democrats and Republicans are akin to adolescents.
The opinions expressed in Sunday's column on "Wisconsin congressional delegation speaks out on fiscal cliff," were the old discordant symphony of expressing oneself without saying anything. Not one spoke of a specific ideology they would compromise on. It is mindful of asking a fifth-grader to do a math problem and he answers with a cat-and-rat sketch.
This lends merit to the claim that newly elected members of Congress check their independent thought process at the door. When businessman Reid Ribble made a campaign stop in Suring, I spoke of my independent stance and he sincerely answered that he was of an independent beat within his party. However, in his first year, he joined the ultra-conservative "young guns", signed the Grover Norquist pact and voted with the party 92% of the time. This widespread closed-minded voting allowed a failed president to ride a tax issue to victory.