Five years ago when I started this blog it was with the conviction that the American political system is broken. I am more convinced of this than ever and heartened that more Americans every day are finally understanding the degree which our government has become disfunctional. I recommend highly an excellent piece in the July/August Atlantic Magazine by former Congressman Micky Edwards entitled How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans.
It contains some excellent ideas for reforming the system. If we want to see a government that works again, it is time Americans take reform of the system seriously. Mr. Edwards provides us with some excellent ideas.
I’ve been a Republican all of my life. While still registered as such, it is clear I have ceased to belong in the party. Once a party I respected deeply for it’s common sense on economic, energy, labor, foreign policy and national defense issues, it is now the party of make believe, especially when it comes to tax and economic issues. The “compromise” it forced over the weekend was no compromise, it was “our way or we destroy the economy”. Unfortunately, it looks like the bill that finally passed will do great damage to the economy anyway — the compromise being about as non stimulatory as it could possible have been to an economy teetering on the edge of another recession. Congratulations GOP. I personally hope you see a loss in November of 2012 of stunning proportions. You deserve it. You deserve it badly. I will work hard to make it happen.
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