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THE DEATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 6, 2013

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It’s actually been gone for a long time, at least since 2009.

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On numerous occasions, President Obama has openly criticized Congressmen for the lack of give and take in their deliberations and contends such “business as usual” behavior is unacceptable. He does this with great aplomb, as if he was an innocent bystander in the process. He deserves kudos for not cracking a smile when saying this. Congressmen on both sides of the the aisle contend they yearn for bipartisanship but I’m afraid its time has passed, and it is now nothing more than a pipe dream. Former Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine recently dropped out of Congress after recognizing hyper-partisanship has led the federal government to becoming dysfunctional. Forces are at work to prohibit it.

The Left paints people like George Bush, Mitt Romney, and John Boehner as the personification of evil; conversely, conservatives see Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi in the same light. Even though voters were acutely aware of the gridlock in Washington, they elected to keep it that way. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boehner, and Cantor are still in their same positions; the balance of power in the Congress remains unchanged; the economy, debt and deficit are still out of control; we still do not have a budget; we’re still putting pork into our legislation (including the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and ‘Hurricane Sandy’ bills); we still do not know the truth about Benghazi or ‘Fast and Furious’; taxes continue to climb, and; we continue to raise the salary and perks of our government leaders. The only thing we accomplished in 2012 was that we raised billions of dollars to fuel the fires of the media. So why should we be optimistic that anything fruitful will occur during 2013?

The Left blames a lot of the problem on Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” whereby legislators signed promises to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” Liberals criticize this pledge for impeding negotiations. On the other hand, conservatives feel snookered by Obama over the “fiscal cliff” legislation which upped the tax rates of the rich, while also including considerable “pork.”

During his first campaign, the President promised his administration would be the most transparent in history. It didn’t exactly work out that way. GOP congressmen were certainly not consulted over the Obamacare legislation. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the time was unsure what it included, but she dutifully pushed for its passage. The president has basically decided he cannot negotiate with House Republicans, consequently it is no longer a matter of deliberating over the content of a bill, it’s a matter of knowing when to introduce it for political gain, such as at the last minute. This would all be laughable except for the fact America is faced with some rather severe problems. So much for transparency.

Make no mistake, the hyper-partisanship is all about control of the country, not just the purse strings either, but how Americans should live and work, and who should call the shots, the government or the citizens. I do not believe the politicians in Washington honestly want bipartisanship as it means caving into the other side, thereby derailing their plans for control. It’s more than just acquiescing due to principles and ideology, but also to the interpretation of morality. Put yourself in the position of a Washington politician and honestly ask yourself what can truly be gained from practicing bipartisanship. The reality is, unless something radical changes the current situation in Washington, bipartisanship has gone the way of the Dodo.

To be blunt, there is no such thing as “political morality” in Washington, which is ultimately why Americans no longer trust its government. This is why I am a big proponent of a Constitutional Convention as prescribed by Article V of the Constitution, whereby certain elements of the Constitution can be addressed, such as: Congressional term limits, Congressional compensation and benefits, Federal lobbying, the Electoral Process, Immigration, Balanced Budget, etc. These are topics Congress and the White House simply do not have the political fortitude to address, but something we desperately need.

Although the president claims to be an innocent bystander in the partisan confrontation, he is the chief strategist for his party and actually spurns any suggestion of bipartisanship, which is why he relies heavily on executive orders. This is evidently what the voters wanted and it will continue unabated, if not get progressively worse. In the meantime, the people grow restless. Well at least half of us do, the other half thinks everything is just fine. Go figure.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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11 Responses to “THE DEATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An M.M. of Burlington, Vermont wrote…

    “We could call it the government from hell. You work, we beat you up. You don’t, we buy your vote. Makes the Romans bread and circus look like child’s play. Now we parse word’s on who is an illegal. Maybe they need a dictionary? It is not that complicated.

    So I guess I will blame the nuns who taught me right from wrong and what a lie was. Because what comes out of Washington is no where close to what I learned as a child.”

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  2. Cynthia Miller said

    Bi-partisanship has always existed. Somebody needs to learn to negotiate and make the deals that need to be made in order to get things done.

    I believe it’s about laziness and narcissism. Nobody wants to make the effort and they are all so full of their own importance that they think they don’t have to.

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  3. Wayne Brown said

    Sheep usually think just about anything is “just fine”. Those endorsing such actions in Washington are also endorsing the death of freedom and liberty in our nation…all to be traded by some purported level of “personal security” offered up in empty promises by Obama and his ilk. One can only pray for a new day when we actually have some real leadership at the helm in the White House and Obama along with his cronies are relegated to building a library to house his legacy…and a laughable one at that…assuming that we still have a country at that point. ~WB

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “Brilliant! Exactly on point. I fear for my grandchildren who will never know what a great country we had. Our sons know, because we taught them. When my generation goes, sadly, so will the truth.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A T.D. of Colorado Springs, Colorado wrote…

    “In my memory, it goes back as far as Nixon, then Carter and Clinton. Under both Presidents Bush, the various leaders of the RNC and the Republican caucuses in Congress, the GOP has become a testosterone – free zone.

    Democrats conduct politics like they’re waging war; Repubicans treat politics like another tennis match at the local country club.
    Democrats lie, cheat, steal and demagogue issues; Republicans roll over and wet on themselves.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A C.H. of Oldsmar, Florida wrote…

    “You need to cover the “blog world” with this one. Excellently written and profoundly accurate to the Nth degree, I have not seen anything more accurate and so important for the people to comprehend. Don’t stop !!!!”

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I think we need to remind the president and the congress that they work for us, doing what we tell them to do. They do not work for their parties and the president should not be negotiating with our elected representatives. Representatives have a sacred duty to represent their constituents’ directives, not to make deals or to stuff pork into simple laws. Considering our enormous debt to the Chinese, that is probably mu shu pork.

    We cannot afford to have our government continue to be so wasteful. They seem to have forgotten their parents’ explanation that “You can only spend each dollar once.” Most of us heard that when we first began to receive an allowance or got our first jobs. I think a refresher course is in order.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A P.M. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “I like the article.. The only problem I have with a Constitutional Convention is that once we open “Pandora’s Box”, what other articles of the Constitution would also be changed?”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “No more articles that mention or refer to Obama. I’m done with him! I don’t want to see him, hear him, read about him until 2016. Then all I want to see and hear are “waving goodbye pictures”, “so-long” speeches and pictures of his ass getting out of Dodge.”

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “Was just able to read this today, Tim. Excellent article. When I was in my teens, my friend and I used to drive a snow cone truck to various neighborhoods. One of the homes was that of Johnny U. He lived in a relatively small 3 bedroom home in an unpretentious neighborhood. Many times he would come out with his children to purchase the snow cones and we could talk to him right out on the front walk. He also worked part time to supplement his income, until he built a bowling alley called Colt Lanes. He would come in there also throughout the week and talk to many of the people that were bowling. Brooks Robinson also lived near by in a similar home but a little larger and more elaborate. You could also talk to him. I also played tennis with the Baltimore Colt’s field goal kicker. Now all of the athletes live in these 10, 15, 20 and even 35,000 square foot homes and are basically unapproachable. Just take a look at the home Barry Bonds is selling for $16,000,000 plus. A substance abuser to increase his performance. Yes, many of the heroes, I’m afraid, have ridden off in the sunset. But then again, look at the “hero” we have in the White House. Don’t think he is setting a good example on morality and honesty, is he? Have a great weekend,”

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  11. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “In 1970, I watched a documentary that showed historically prominent people from the 60s. None of them were actors or athletes. Most were politicians and community leaders. I can remember feeling freaked out over how many had died and wondering “Who is left to lead us?” I still wonder that now.”

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