Ness Addresses American Politics At UMD

By KBJR News 1

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth Mayor Don Ness says politics in Washington D.C. are broken and the community needs to step up to help find a solution.

He delivered that message at UMD Tuesday to hundreds of students and community members.

Tuesday's address was in connection with an event put on by UMD's Center for Ethics and Public Policy.

Mayor Ness says politicians on both sides of the isle are spending too much time attacking one another and not enough time repairing the economy and solving budget concerns.

The Mayor addressed the problems Americans face in terms of problems surrounding the nation's budget deficit and what he calls the brokenness of our politics.

He also talked about the responsibilities of the public and the leaders of each generation to help find solutions these problems.

The Mayor says our current political model encourages the election of people on the political extremes and we do not have the coalition of lawmakers who are willing to work with the other party.

"If we are going to continue the debate on the two extremes...the ten percent over here and the ten percent over there, kind of shouting at each other and blaming at one another for the problems, we are never going to get to the place where we can actually implement the solutions that are needed," Mayor Don Ness said.

Ness says the personal brand of a politician emerged in the 90's.
Using Michelle Bachman as an example, this brand includes saying outlandish statements and puts lawmakers in the middle of conversation.

The event was just a discussion, tonight, Michelle/Kevin/Jennifer.
Mayor Ness says he does not believe that his solutions are the right solutions but says it's discussions such as tonight's that will hopefully make community members more aware of the changes that need to be made.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com