Friday, February 6, 2009

Bipartisan or Big Babies?

Okay. The Democrats who've been around the Senate the longest are saying tonight that they've twisted enough GOP arms to get a stimulus bill passed (although there's still been no vote to prove it). The bill has been modified from the $900-billion plan for spending and tax cuts that the president proposed to an $800-billion plan - and now everyone's happy. Or, at least 60 Senators are happy enough with the political deals they've made this week to vote yes. What kind of leadership is this? We're in the biggest financial mess of our lifetimes - perhaps in all of history - and 100 taxpayer- supported men and women who work for us can't put down their political pettiness long enough to come together to get this pony out of the ditch. I'm sorely disappointed. We'd expect better of our children. Dang - we'd expect better of our pets. It's an EMERGENCY, senators. Save your political monkey tricks for later. We need a united front now. Divided we fall, you know. My friend Carol reads the blog Balloon Juice - a site with posts by one of the most clever political writers you'll ever hope to read. Here's his observation today on the progress of our bipartisan Congress so far: I really don't understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane. Imagine trying to negotiate an agreement on dinner plans with your date, and you suggest Italian and she states her preference would be a meal of tire rims and anthrax. If you can figure out a way to split the difference there and find a meal you will both enjoy, you can probably figure out how bipartisanship is going to work the next few years. I'm not holding out much hope for this group to be the world's leaders on matters of peace. Sigh. Peace...it apparently will be ours to pursue.

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