President George W. Bush made bipartisan deals with Democrats on education, energy and, shortly before leaving office, the bank bailout known as TARP. President Reagan got together with Democrats on tax reform and Social Security. President Clinton reached agreement with Republicans on welfare reform, balancing the budget and Nafta´s free trade. Mr. Clinton also negotiated reform of Social Security, a landmark compromise that died (before being announced) when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. "Each president defined these deals as success, as principled compromises,"Keith Hennessey, Mr. Bush´s chief domestic policy adviser, noted recently, "and both parties shared the credit."
Pretty funny how Bush´s bipartisan education bill came back as a blanket excuse for the failure of education and teacher´s exam erasures.
Nothing could be simpler than teaching to a test and the buffoonish teachers unions figured out away to screw that up.
Bush blew his presidency on cozying up to the left on a number of issues with his war on terrorism being a positive exception. But I think his push for immigration reform really damaged the party immensely.This gave credence to the idea that there´s no difference between the two parties and severely damaged McCain in his run.
Illegal immigration should have been attacked on the simple value of the rule of law,breaking the back on the charges of racism.
If I didn´t know better I´d say Cloward and Piven strategies are alive and well. We already know about the love affair with Saul Alinsky, Frank Marshall Davis, radical Marxist teachers, so this logically falls in line.
When we really look at it, did Pres. Bush make bipartisan deals with the liberals or did he let them have their way on certain bills (like kennedy´s education bill)? And now, in later years, all the messes the dems created back then, they can now lay at Bush´s door and take no responsibility
Hubris. You could look it up. Pride goes before a fall, and a haughty spirit before destruction. Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad. The man is Sysiphean. You could look that one up, too. In other words, although the situation is dire, it is not one which has not previously been seen among us. It is a truism that, in politics, you cannot survive without friends. Zero does not make friends, nor does he cultivate allies. He will be hoist by his own petard. You can look that one up as well.
Maybe he wants it all. He will be left with nothing. Not a prophecy, just an observation.
I don´t hate No Child Left Behind like some people do. At my children´s elementary school, kids were getting As on awful work because they "tried so hard." I still don´t see why it is so terrible to have standards for reading and math. "Teaching to the test" means they have to teach those two subjects.
I used to ask why, when the teachers whined about having no time to teach about history and science, they could not read about science, instead of something about a Russian grandmother or Mexican abuela. They said they had to use that curriculum. Then I asked, why not read about history and science when you have time to read books of your choosing to your students? Blank stares.
Mr. Barnes seems like a very nice guy. Which is probably why he is still assuming that Obama really wants to do the right thing for the country and just get all of the credit. Obama is set on destroying us. Until the Republicans figure that out these games of political chicken will continue.
Obama wants this country on its knees for all the perceived wrong he believes it has committed in the world and to do that, the economy must be destroyed. Of course, he will not give an inch. His goal is in sight and it appears there isn´t anyone with the courage and moral fortitude in Washington DC to stop him. Clearly, the Republicans are enablers who have failed to honor their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
Obama and Boehner are the perfect negotiating partners. Obama demands everything his own way and then demands more when an agreement seems possible and Boehner gives him everything and never walks away. Boehner makes Obama´s negotiating skills look good!
A simple majority of the fools in this country may have elected him but Obama has done nothing, been nowhere and lacks the social skills and the intellect to even communicate with his opposition, let alone convince and lead them.
Zippy wants to enslave the producers so he can steal their money via confiscatory taxation. The money is then used against the producers by giving the money to non producers who vote politicians into office that further steal the money of the producers to give to the takers. At some point, which I am at right now, the producers will stop producing.
But wait, Obamacare forces me to continue working in order to pay the mandate that I am forced into and cannot reject. See how this is working? WE ARE SCREWED!!
Wow, we know we have a dictator, obozo, but barnes and krauthammer and rove, they don´t! As to when are we going to start fighting this dictatorship? With repubics as leading opposition - never! First, we need a charismatic leader, second, this leader needs money to organize conservative mainstream media. Unfortunately nobody wants to take this role and nobody even speaks about conservative mainstream media! May I remind you about mussolini, hitler, lenin/stalin, chavez? They did exactly that.
All the attacks from the far right on Boehner and House Republicans miss the larger point. Assume Boehener does what Limbaugh and Levin and the far right wants and refuses to negotiate on anything. Then what ? The reality is that Democrats control the Senate by 10 votes and the presidency. The House now has 8 more Democrats and 8 less Republicans . The election results have ensured that Republicans have to compromise . Compromise is not a dirty word , but, the talkers on the far right have made it so. You don´t like " compromise " , make sure that Republicans win more Senate and House seats, not less. Democrats and Obama only want to represent those who voted for them , while ignoring the rest of their constituents. Unfortunately , that is also now the motto of the far right. Democrats can get away with practicing that form of government , Republicans cannot. Democrats have the media to protect them , plus, they hold at least 2/3 of the legislative cards. Representing all of your constituents is now an archaic concept. The point Barnes is making is that even with a Congressional majority , Presidents usually also compromise . Obama refuses to negotiate. Not in principle or in person. His usual narcissistic and childish way poisons the already damaged political atmosphere even more.
When you want REVENGE, and when you denigrate your "opponent", and when you have an ideology set-in-concrete, there can be no negotiation and no compromise. He believes that he has a mandate from the populace to act like a "king". History will show how poor a President he is, perhaps the worst in our history. He is still working on his downward slide. He has divided the Country like no other President before him.
All the Conservatives keep explaining how BO just CANNOT do what he does. Yet, he does it and wins. Part of the reason is because the Country is a bit dopey. That´s nothing new. They reelected FDR and he led them into a deeper depression. Duh! If you think people are any smarter now than they were then you´re foolish.
The other reason is that Republican leadership cannot seem to summon a strategy and the guts to stick to it. As soon as the media jumps on (who´s behavior and impact should be obvious by now), Republican leadership caves.
Why can´t we learn how to fight these battles and win? It´s not a battle of reason, we should know that. And whining that the public doesn´t "get it" is useless. How do you create an winning emotional argument for the public that we have so that the media is rendered ineffective?
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House Republicans had their chance for a new Speaker and backed away. WHY? We need ALL new generals and many new colonels. As long as the Republican party is not a NATIONALIST party, and is voiced by the Boehners, McConnells and their like (and I´m throwing Ryan into this lot, because all he´s doing is playing along), they do not get my money or my time.
I wonder if he is not able to negotiate because he is in an on-going drug induced haze. Physically he looks awful, we never see a medical report, autopen signing rather than his own hand, and he is continually droopy eyed. What is the status of the Leader of the Free World´s health?
This reminds me of that Dire Strait´s song ..."money for nothin and chicks for free"! In Proverbs 24:34, the scripture states", so shall your poverty come like a robber, and you will want like an armed man...", how prophetic of our road ahead under this admin!
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