Has the tide turned against the political divide?

  • Article by: TOM HORNER and TIM PENNY
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 5:30 PM

Maybe, but it’ll take effort to sustain a more cooperative mood in Washington.

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owatonnabillNov. 2, 13 6:20 PM

There are those to whom business as usual means mouthing the right words but preserving the status quo at all costs. Those people do NOT have names like Paul, Massie, Bachmann and Cruz. The establishment Republicans wish the Tea Party would go away even more than do the Democrats. The Democrats, after all, don't have to face the Republican Party grassroots folks in primaries across America, and that is where the establishment Republicans face their biggest challenge. As dearly as the Washington establishment wishes that they would go away, the Tea Party is here to stay. And the numbers of people who support them is growing all the time.

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davehougNov. 2, 13 8:09 PM

Our favorite idea is the “No Budget, No Pay Act.” The legislation would withhold paychecks from members of Congress if they don’t pass a budget = = = GREAT idea :)

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pumiceNov. 2, 13 9:58 PM

Ease cuts in the defense budget???!!! The defense budget which has US outspending rivals ( China, Russia, et al.) and allies (UK, France, et al.) combined and accounting for between 40 and 45% of the world’s total military spending?

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pumiceNov. 2, 1310:03 PM

Misters Horner and Penny: Speaking of reforming Medicare and Social Security, what's your opinion on eliminating the FICA earnings cap? on Medicare for All?

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christianstdNov. 3, 1312:47 AM

Has the tide turned against the political divide? Not until President Obama is gone & a real leader lives in the White House that governs, doesn't campaign 24/7 & some adults in Congress on both sides of the aisle. Just a thought.

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crystalbayNov. 3, 13 1:08 AM

" As dearly as the Washington establishment wishes that they would go away, the Tea Party is here to stay. And the numbers of people who support them is growing all the time."..................Actually, their poll numbers are dropping steadily. At last count, their favorability was down to 18%. I think that the country's had enough of these anarchists getting nothing done but saying "NO". A more destructive force has never been seen in this country.

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crystalbayNov. 3, 13 1:09 AM

"Our favorite idea is the “No Budget, No Pay Act.”....................yes. One more accomplishment of Klobuchar among many.

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windigolakeNov. 3, 13 4:38 AM

owatonnabill === " the Tea Party is here to stay. And the numbers of people who support them is growing all the time." Funny, but I thought the polls showed the exact opposite.

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chuckdancerNov. 3, 13 5:20 AM

These two are dreamers. The true situation is that our government is at war with itself and this situation is not going away. As long as an individual or small minority of representatives can effectively stop any and all government action there is no government. Creating "crisis" after "crisis", dismembering supposedly equal branches of government and then temporarily stepping back to let public opinion fade a bit fools only dreamers like this pair.

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badcopperNov. 3, 13 6:53 AM

My liberal friends disagree with me at the core. Some right wing friends have distanced themselves politically due my openness to explore Olympias list. They are all good people with different life philosophies. The trepidation to compromise ( i believe) comes from the distrust if one side budges the other side will view it as weakness and not reciprocate. I believe the moderate left's (e.g my spouse) motivation in rooted in compassion. I believe the moderate right has just as much compassion but believes there should be more rigor, vetting, auditing of spending of our scarce resources. Its not rocket science. No position has all the right answers.

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