Why the government can’t get anything done

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Something I’ve been contemplating is this conviction that my political party – whatever party that happens to be – is the exclusive route to the best possible government for the country. You know the mentality: Other views need not be contemplated. We hold the received wisdom, the guts, the moxie and the day-to-day know-how needed to solve America’s deepest problems. That’s right, we’re sitting on the exclusive monopoly of how to lead the land. This is the way that some politicians, and a lot of voters, are acting these days. They know the truth and they know that they’re right. And the other side – as all these “smart” people know – they don’t know the answers to the country’s problems, and they’re not right, at least not on anything that really matters. I have my negative attitudes toward certain politicians. I have been, as you know, inspired by some – like our president. I think that others are only interested in politics based on how much they can get their taxes cut; that’s the beginning and the end of their public philosophies. You know, the guy on the commuter train after a couple of drinks… But I also like to think that I can talk to just about anyone about politics and maybe learn something. There are things, and certainly times, when I’ve been completely wrong, and I always like to conclude at the end of even my most well-considered assessment (whether I say it out loud or not) that I may be completely wrong. But I don’t think I’m wrong on this one. Recently Bob Schieffer reported that a staffer for one of his Sunday show guests asked to have a “green room” separate from the other guest. Why? Because the other guest was from the other party. It’s gotten this bad. Charlie Crist gets the red-hots even hotter by hugging Barack Obama. He has to quit his party. Bob Bennett tries finding an alternative to the Obama health care bill by teaming up with a Democrat. He’s history! Wondering why they can’t anything done in Washington? Start here. If you can’t meet and talk, how are you going to find common ground? If you don’t get to common ground, how are you going to run the country? Oh, you want one-party rule, like they have in some developing countries? That’s what you want, some central committee running the country? Go for it. You’ll be back begging for a two-party competition so fast it’ll make your head spin.

Why the government can't get anything done

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