Posturing, Politics, and Partisanship . . . But No Progress

March 05, 2010 0 COMMENTS

I came away from last week’s health care summit scratching my head. What exactly was accomplished that moved our country one step closer to resolution of the health care debate? From what I can tell, absolutely nothing.

There was certainly plenty of posturing. Both Democrats and Republicans pretended to be interested in working with the other party to make progress on health care. There was a lot of preening with members of Congress congratulating themselves for what was in the current bills. The politics were clearly visible with some participants playing to the camera and the public more than advancing the purpose of the meeting. And partisanship was on full display as members of each party tossed out dueling statistics to prove that their party’s ideas were better and more widely accepted by the American voters.

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Happy Anniversary, Mr. President

January 20, 2010 8 COMMENTS

Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Inaugural, and my guess is that he’s not doing a lot of celebrating. That’s because yesterday, in a special Senate election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s seat, Massachusetts voters elected a Republican to represent them.

President Obama and Democrats across the country must be asking themselves and each other, “How did this happen?”

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