It feels as though American politics has become a war. The battle is not about civil rights or women’s suffrage; it’s a war about how large a role the government should play in the redistribution of income and the support of the people. There is plenty of room to disagree on these issues.
Throughout our history, there have been Americans who have suffered, and in the current faltering recovery, there are an exceptionally high number of people suffering. This makes the current war over reducing entitlements seem especially harsh.Unfortunately, Democrats and Republicans have taken rock-hard positions and have refused to come down from their pulpits. Minnesota has shut down the state government for seven days because the Democrats and Republicans refuse to even meet to discuss a compromise. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
In Minnesota, it remains uncertain whether results can be expected from an ad hoc budget group formed this week by former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson and former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat.
“I never remember a time when we had such deadlock, paralysis, almost unrelenting rigidity,” said Mondale, a veteran of the epic civil rights battles of the 1960s. “We were able to work across the aisle and shape what I call American solutions to big issues.”
Mondale said he’s at a loss to explain what happened in the ensuing years. “Something happened to shatter that essential ability to compromise and build for the future,” he said.