Recent bipartisan accomplishments are an encouraging sign that the Senate can work to help job creators. Of course, news headlines are quick to focus on partisan gridlock, and the President has made railing against the legislative branch a central theme in his reelection campaign. But real solutions are attainable -- in spite of the disagreements that inevitably play a part in any functioning democracy.
When he visited America in 1832, French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville remarked that members of the Senate represent "the lofty thoughts [of the nation] and the generous instincts animating it, not the petty passions." He saw the Senate as our Founders had envisioned: America's great deliberative body. Understandably, Mississippians still expect us to live up to this description.