Saturday, January 08, 2005

Is Bipartisanship Cooperation Possible?

The conventional wisdom lately has been that the two parties would become increasingly polarized and unable to work together. This week's Kiplinger Letter offers a different opinion:
Despite some Democrats’ challenge to Ohio’s election results...

Both parties are showing signs of less bare-knuckle partisanship.
GOP senators won’t change filibuster rules to ram through Bush nominees
for judgeships. House Republicans backpedaled on ethics rule changes.
And Democrats are trying to steer clear of polarizing social issues.

But this is no lovefest. Self-interest, not a change of heart,
is driving the change in tactics. Intraparty splits on Social Security,
deficit reduction and other issues constrain the GOP leadership.
Democrats hope a focus on centrist issues...moderate economic policies,
terrorism and security...will help them win over middle-class voters.
Partisan fights are still certain on confirmation of judges

and when Bush calls for cuts in education and other domestic programs.


Blogger Mary from RI said...

I liked Kerry's recent message of his supporters uniting together behind issues as a mobilizing force. Yes, republicans in the congress are weighing their votes on certain issues. They know what portends under the Bush administration and have to feel their offices at risk.. thus the import of Kerry's suggestion. That we start mobilizing behind issues and work in our respective locations to raise awareness and get more in our communities involved as a force to fight the many regressive policies Bush plans to push down our throats.

Whether it's social security, educational funding, or the many other issues.. the populace isn't being informed. Help draw attention on the important issues out into the public's view. For example, on Air America radio last week, I heard a report about how on behalf of his friends in the cattle industry, Bush is turning a blind eye to the threat of mad cow disease. His cronies in the department of Agriculture are fighting decent producers who want their stock tested. There are cases of people infected with the disease, and two died last week. Yet it's not making the national news. Here is a link to an article from USA Today from last spring, there was minor mention of this issue a few days back on NPR.. how there's been some movement in allowing beef destined for Japan to be tested, but that it's currently illegal for US groceries to purchase US beef that has been privately tested for mad cow.

Can you imagine the public uproar if this was more widely reported? The demand for the regulation of our food supply. We can get the truth about ALL the issues out there each in our own small way and build a movement to help stop Bush's attempt to turn back the clock.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Mary from RI said...

oops.. forgot the url for the USA Today article. Here it is:

10:28 AM  

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