The problems facing our government today have never been more serious, the issues never more complicated, the situation never more dangerous, and the solutions never simpler. The critical issue is neither Republican nor Democratic but a problem for all Americans. The "Gang of Six" after months of working together have produced a comprehensive plan to address the deficit. It may not be perfect, but it is a good starting point.
Mr. President, Baltimore just laid to rest its best ever mayor with a flourish. He never rose to the presidency, but he rose up to every need of his city. He was a Democrat but endorsed a Republican when he thought it was the right thing to do. Will you rise to the heights above, or will you go down with the party ship? Think about it.