No Winners in Thursday's Debate -- washingtonpost.com
The most telling moment of Thursday’s GOP debate … was when every single GOP candidate on the stage agreed that they would reject a budget deal that was $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. Even Fox News’s Bret Baier couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. He asked again just to make sure the assembled candidates had understood the question.
If this doesn’t simultaneously baffle you and scare the living poo out of you, then take a moment and check to make sure that you have a pulse because this is the kind of insanity that will be a choice for the American voters in November 2012.
A recent Washington Post poll has shown that nearly three-quarters of Americans have little or no confidence in Washington’s ability to repair the economy. I think that it’s ridiculous moments like the one mentioned above that leave many Americans with little hope for the future of our government. It seems appalling to me that even in such extremely lobsided circumstances (not unlike the recent debt deal), where the Republicans would be receiving 99.9 percent of what they want (i.e. massive spending cuts and smaller government), they still come back with a defiant and resounding, “No.” No, YOU will give us massive spending cuts. No, WE will not under any circumstance even be willing to put on the table the subject of revenue - compromise is not an option.
Now, I will say that I admire anyone who has the willingness to stand up for what they believe in and that’s what the Tea Party folks have been doing. It’s not an easy, nor at times popular place to put yourself into, however, when one does so WITHOUT expressing any desire or willingness to compromise, then, in my opinion, you’ve moved from brave to foolish (or in this case, reckless).
If you’ve not seen (or listended to the podcast like I do) the episode of Real Time With Bill Maher that originally aired on 08/5/2011, then you missed the astute observation made by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. He checked the facts and learned that something like almost 50% of both houses of Congress list “Law” as their profession. He then went on to ask, “Where are the engineers? Where are the business folk, where is the rest of America represented?” Well put, sir.
Mr. Klein summed up his article nicely:
The losers in tonight’s debate were anyone who wants to see the sort of compromise necessary for the political process to work, and anyone who has been convinced that they can achieve their goals simply by restating their convictions.