A week to chill and mull - fireside chat
YankeeJim | February 13, 2010 at 07:23 amby
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Like snow removal, progress is slow. Unlike snow removal, the process of getting the US economy back on track is less certain. My belief is that much more order can be made of governmental and economic chaos.
Needed is a sounder management approach to address systemic failings and deficiencies. Needed are leaders who have an intellectual capacity to grasp the context of their environment and challenge, while avoiding the pitfall of frustration and hopelessness. The challenges are daunting.
Surely, Americans should have no more patience for bipartisan bickering. They should expect and insist upon progressive attention to the priority needs of the nation. Government leaders must readdress the founding principles of our economy based on free enterprise, albeit regulated.
The economic engine is driven by capitalism, not socialism. Public needs such as health and general welfare must become a higher priority than extensions of military power around the world. The US cannot and should not be used as the world police or military. Allied nations must work collaboratively to address global needs for security.
A prerequisite to global collaboration is developing such skill to work effectively as one government for the people represented by diverse ideas and interests. The machine of government must be reengineered to handle increasing demand for greater effectiveness.
“Eyeing midterms, Democrats to push Republicans to go on record against key bills
By Scott Wilson
Saturday, February 13, 2010
President Obama has reached out to Republicans in recent weeks, acknowledging that he needs bipartisan support to effectively govern the country. But the White House and congressional Democrats are also hedging their bets with a plan to make a campaign issue of what they say is Republican intransigence.
The emerging strategy seeks to take advantage of the partisan stalemate in Congress over Obama's nominees and major policy initiatives, and to turn the page on a year when the White House failed to secure passage of complicated health-care and energy legislation.
The idea is to make Republicans either vote for a series of more modest bills identified as popular with the public or explain to constituents this fall why they opposed them.
The decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) to offer a pared-down jobs-creation bill and dare the GOP to oppose it is the most visible sign of the plan so far. White House officials and congressional staff members say it will be followed in coming weeks by a House vote to lift the antitrust exemption for insurance companies, measures to assist small businesses and extend unemployment benefits, and a proposal to levy fees on Wall Street banks that received bailout money.
One senior White House official called the strategy an attempt "to force progress," at a time when polls show that the public wants bipartisan cooperation.”
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