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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

On Divisive Politics & Other Blather

"Acrimony and hyperpartisanship have seeped into every part of the political process. Congress is deadlocked and its approval ratings are at record lows. America’s two main political parties have given up their traditions of compromise, endangering our very system of constitutional democracy. And one of these parties has taken on the role of insurgent outlier; the Republicans have become ideologically extreme, scornful of compromise, and ardently opposed to the established social and economic policy regime."
From an Amazon.com description of a new book by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks 


Acrimony and hyperpartisanship?

The American political system has given up on that hallowed "tradition of compromise"?


It's worth noting that on this date 208 years ago a former Vice President of the United States shot and killed a former United States Secretary of the Treasury.

The reason?


Tell me again about that tradition of compromise?

There is one thing the author of that piece above got right.  This:

"The Republicans [at least the Tea Party wing thereof] have become ... ardently opposed to the established social and economic policy regime."

That's a fact.

There's a new economic policy regime in town, fellas.  The days of compromising the speed at which the government taxes and spends us into oblivion are gone.

Be happy that our new regime doesn't offer itself to you at the point of a gun.