Scott Howell is a voice of reason, and one who will work for honest solutions to
vexing problems. Let's break the partisan gridlock in OUR country.
Let's be the United States of America again, even as we continue our
centuries-long project to re-define those three simple words: "We the
One side hopes the economy will fail to take power. Should the other side then
work to have the economy fail to take power. Socialism versus tax free
oligarchs. Individual freedom lost on mega corporations that are only
responsible to be greedy as demonstrated in 2008.
Norm Ornstein of the (conservative) American Enterprise Institute in an
interview recently stated that the obstructionism by Republicans has risen to
unprecedented levels. In the past, filibusters were used to prevent legislation
from being passed when a party strongly disagreed with the piece of legislation.
Today, Republicans are using the filibuster even on non-controversial measures.
Simply put, they don't want Obama to get credit for anything good. Mitch
McConnell is adhering to his primary goal of making sure Obama is a one-term
President, no matter the cost to the country.
Today's political standoff is because the two ideologies are fundamentally
opposed. You cannot have creaping socialism and bigger, deficit spending
governments, and at the same time foster opportunity and promote individual
freedom and responsibility, cornerstones of the uniquely American economic
Actually, our republican system of government is also designed to make change
inherently difficult, on the theory that only the best ideas would win
bipartisan support and be able to pass. Does this mean that some good ideas
will fail to gain enough support in Congress? Yes, but that's easily a
price worth paying instead of having too many ill-conceived or simply bad laws
get passed.I'm thinking of getting a bumper sticker that says
"God Bless Gridlock", to sum it up in terms an OWS protester could
Not all obstruction is bad,Had the German and Japanese parliaments
been more obstructionist in the 1930s, the world would have been saved from
enormous suffering and deathIf our congress had been obstructionist
when Obamacare was being considered, there would be more jobs and a better
economy right now.Had congress been more obstructionist when
BO's porkulus was being considered, we'd have $1 trillion less in
debtHad congress been more obstructionist when dudd-frank was being
considered, we'd have better credit availability to help our economy
growBut Scott, you are right, sometimes obstruction gets in the way,
like when the dems blocked a repub effort to better regulate fannie and freddie,
which would have lessened the severity of the current economic malaise
The American people are great at problem solving. The Government should get out
of the way and let the people solve the problems.
Sometimes compromise just slows the rate of destruction. Wisconsin was recently
moving swiftly toward economic ruin. No compromises in favor of unions would
have sustained the destructive trajectory. Compromise would have likely slowed
it down or possibly kept it at bay. Governor Walker's agenda, imposed
without compromise, has resulted in an a nearly miraculous turnaround for the
state's economy. No compromise seems like the right way to go, once you
determine which way works.For people who think $15 trillion in debt
is unsustainable and devastating to our country, is it a good thing to
compromise and add only $800 billion per year in deficit spending, instead of
the full $1.6 trillion requested by President Obama? Without someone stepping
in and insisting, without compromise, that we freeze spending at earlier levels,
balance the budget, and pay down the debt, how does this problem get solved?
Although there is certainly room for compromise on many issues, I
believe our crushing national debt is the result of many years of financial
Solving political obstruction will require compromise; something neither side of
the aisle will do!
But raw political ideology trumps any desire to solve problems. It seems that
our Congressional battle cry has become, "The Party first. The nation
second, or third, or fourth or whatever. And the American people? Forget about