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  •  This is an excellent piece. Thank you so much. (16+ / 0-)

    I would add this little fillip: Bipartisanship is fine when you can have it, and for things on which it is possible to have agreement, the party in power should seek the input of the party out of power and be willing to make sacrifices that do not destroy core ideologies.

    However, the stimulus is a fork in the road that will brook no compromises. Either we go one way, or we go another. The Republicans want the destruction of government; Democrats believe that government has a role in righting the listing ship of state. These two views cannot be reconciled. They are completely contradictory.

    So, here is how Obama should handle it. It should come out tomorrow and be blunt about it. The speech would go something like this"

    My fellow Americans. We are at a crossroads. We can continue down the same path that we are on, a path where parents have to have bake sales to support fundamental school activities like music programs, where we have bake sales to pay for catastrophic illness, where we cut taxes to severely that state governments go bankrupt, schools fail, bridges fall and levees give way, or we can recognize that we are all in this together and we should start acting like it.

    The Republicans believe it is every man, woman and child for himself. They want nothing less than the destruction of government. They have encouraged your disrespect and disdain for government and for any possibility that it may have a role in improving the quality of life of our citizens. We've seen where that has gotten us.

    Now they are telling us that we cannot act together to pull us out of the economic mess the unregulated free market left us. They are telling us that we the people should stay out of the way of the corporations and that they will pull us out of this mess.

    We've tried that. Didn't work. Now we want to try something different -- working together as a Americans, chipping in, putting our shoulders to the grind stone and raising a new and better America from the ashes.

    There is no compromise on this issue. Either we have a country where the government is so weak and ineffective it can't even issue a driver's license on a Friday, or we can have a government works for all of us.

    Tonight I'm going to party like it's 1929.

    by Bensdad on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:35:04 PM PST

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