Monday, October 05, 2009

How Shrill!

Somebody ought to email Paul Krugman's latest column to the White House and to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. It might clarify their thinking and strengthen their tactics when it comes to all the major issues facing this country, including health care. Mr. Krugman concludes, and rightfully so, that there is no longer any such thing as bipartisanship.

Using the example of conservatives' unseemly glee at the failure of President Obama to persuade the International Olympic Committee to grant Chicago the Games as a springboard, he points out what most of us on the left have been saying for a long time.

...the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America. [Emphasis added]

Why such a callous disregard for polity from the GOP, especially when it comes to more serious matters such as health care? Simple: they don't believe it proper that someone else has the power now, someone who just isn't of the aristocratic body.

...ever since the Reagan years, the Republican Party has been dominated by radicals — ideologues and/or apparatchiks who, at a fundamental level, do not accept anyone else’s right to govern. ...

The result has been a cynical, ends-justify-the-means approach. Hastening the day when the rightful governing party returns to power is all that matters, so the G.O.P. will seize any club at hand with which to beat the current administration.

It’s an ugly picture. But it’s the truth. And it’s a truth anyone trying to find solutions to America’s real problems has to understand.
[Emphasis added]

Honestly, it really doesn't take 95 votes in the Senate to pass a bill, nor a two-thirds majority in the House. Democrats have the numbers. It's time to quit the bipartisanship tango. It's time to do what's right for the country. Leave the GOP where it belongs, the Antebellum.

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Anonymous larry, dfh said...

To the extent that there is one of two names on the top line of the check (the payee), the system is bipartisan. To the degree that the bottom line of the check is always the same (the corporat payor), it is a non-partisan process. So much for 'civics 101.

12:49 PM  
Blogger erich said...

Unfortunately, the good cop/ bad cop charade of Democrats vs. Republicans may be just that- a charade or placebo to create an illusion an divert attention away from the real problem - the banks (few wealthy individuals/corporations) owe Congress.

7:12 AM  

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