Posts tagged ‘Bipartisanship’

January 3, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day III

by Vince

H/T: Tony Auth

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November 7, 2010

The Party of NO

by Vince

“I’m going to ensure that Republicans come out of the gate and seize this moment, we’ve really been given a second chance at a first impression and I’m going to tell them that we have to rise to the challenge with principle and conviction and not with this attitude that you saw coming from the White House yesterday and from some other quarters on the establishment left in Washington which was that somehow the message of the election was that they want Democrats and Republicans to work better together, to get along — good heavens,” – Mike Pence.

“The pre-election NYT poll found that 78 percent want the Republicans to compromise with Obama rather than stick to their positions in the next two years; 76 percent want the Dems to do the same; and a slightly lower percentage, but still overwhelming, wants Obama to compromise too: 69 percent.”

For the sake of the common good, I believe it is important for our politicians to work together. Unfortunately, the religious and non-religious right, both of which I have talked to regarding this, see the possibility of compromising as watering down their agendas, a sign of weakness, and giving in to the “enemy”. If that is the mindset, we will continue to be gridlocked and tap dance around issues with high voltage quotes as seen above.

H/T: TDD

September 28, 2010

“It’s About The Children”

by Vince

So says Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Mayor of Newark Cory Booker and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. This is an alliance, funded by a $100 million start up grant from Zuck, to tackle Jersey’s education woes (1 in 2 students in Newark do not graduate from high school) and should be a lodestar for “this generations civil rights issue”: education.

H/T: The Corner

June 28, 2010

Bipartisanship is nearly an endangered species

by Vince

The Inquirer hammers home a tired story:

The crisis has grown worse partly because the more partisan voters in both parties have been voting out lawmakers whom they view as too cooperative with the opposition. The systematic weeding out of moderate lawmakers makes compromise more difficult.

Tom Foley, the former Democratic speaker from Washington state, said members of opposing parties need to find ways to build friendships. Lawmakers today usually don’t bring their families to Washington to live, reducing the opportunities for socializing.

“You cannot have a better personal relationship than when your children are involved,” Foley said.