Dr. Michael Forster

Washington gridlock to continue into new year?

With the election of November 2012 starting to loom large, it looked for a moment there that bipartisanship might actually “break out” in the D.C.  I’m referring to the Senate deal to extend payroll tax cuts on Social Security, keep unemployment insurance benefits flowing, and avoid cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. 

All the pundits expected it to happen, because neither Republican nor Democrat wants to get tagged with undermining the weak economic recovery or “raising taxes on the middle class.”

But once again it looks like hard-core “no compromise” Republicans have put the squeeze to Speaker of the House Boehner and scuttled chances for compromise.  Disdaining a two-month dal that just “kicks the can down the road,” they’re apparently prepared to vote down the Senate bill and let the chips fall where they may.

What these firebrands don’t seem to get is that citizens don’t want ideological purity; they want solutions, government that works, and political leaders who can work together.  This keeps up, and no seat will be safe come November.

Dr. Michael Forster
Dr. Michael Forster

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