Saturday, November 19, 2005

The problem with partisan politics

In a two party system -- such as we have here in the United States -- the problem is that we generally either get an either/or choice in win/lose form.

We can have tax cuts for the rich or program cuts for the poor and middle class. Or, sometimes we can have both.

And, we see partisan politics that nothing good comes from it.
The Republican-controlled House spurned calls for an immediate pullout of troops from Iraq in a vote hastily arranged by the GOP that Democrats vociferously denounced as politically motivated.... The House, as planned, rejected a GOP-written resolution for immediate withdrawal. The vote, held as lawmakers rushed toward a two-week Thanksgiving break, was 403-3.

Democrats accused Republicans of orchestrating a political stunt that prohibited thoughtful debate on the issue, and nearly all voted against the measure.
Yeh, that's what we need: knee jerk reactions to a problem which will take a lot more brains to get out of than it took for us to get in to.

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