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Sentator Ted Kennedy – RIP

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in Bipartisanship, Senate, Ted Kennedy | 0 comments

I am saddened by the passing of Senator Kennedy.  Although I did not agree with many of his policies, he stood for something very important.  I believe he stood for bipartisanship, whenever possible.  For all of the terms Senator Kennedy served in the Senate, he learned how much more could be accomplished when you obtain support from both sides of the Senate aisle.

Too many politicians today seek to further their own careers or the goals of their respective parties at the expense of getting something done.  If we all pursued our own self interest all the time, America would suffer in the long run.  The Founders set up our Legislative and Executive branches to protect us all from the tyranny of the majority.  In doing so, the stage was set for Congressional gridlock, which can only be resolved with true bipartisanship.  In such a setting, everyone’s voice is, or has the potential to be heard.  Can anyone plausibly argue a contrary means to effecting meaningful legislation that benefits the greater good for all?

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Justice and Bipartisanship

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Bipartisanship, Conservatism, Obama, Supreme Court | 0 comments

With the looming retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter, President Obama has another opportunity to court true bipartisanship.  (no pun intended)  The detractors to bipartisanship will say that the Democrats won the 2008 Presidential election, and to the victor, the spoils.  Indeed.  The victory certainly provides President Obama the right to nominate whomever he chooses.  But there remain two important considerations, among others.  

First, the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee will need to pass scrutiny in the Senate.  The Democrats control the Senate, and have an even stronger influence on the Senate Judiciary Committee with the addition of Arlen Specter to the party.  However, Supreme Court nominations are closely watched and heartily debated on both sides of the political spectrum.  
Second, if President Obama stifles conservative input on the nomination and confirmation process, bipartisanship will be proven a mirage.  This will have a negative impact on public opinion and involve some political capital cost to the President.  Especially if the issue provides the Republicans with additional ammunition to chip away at the Democrat majority in 2010.
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Bipartisanship and the Budget

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Bipartisanship, Budget, Democrats, GOP | 0 comments

If President Obama truly seeks bipartisanship in Washington, and if he does not want to alienate moderate conservatives, he needs to consider the Republican budget proposals.  If the GOP budget proposals are tossed to the wayside, the President will be spending his political capital faster than our tax dollars.

There are merits to what the Republicans are suggesting with the budget.
The economic crisis that we are in is bigger than the prospects of recovery if we only rely upon the ideas and solutions from one person or party.  Tell President Obama and the Democrats in Congress to listen to all ideas before committing our future and paychecks to more social programs. 
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