Overcoming Washington gridlock for the greater good

  • Article by: Denise Johnson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 22, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Political insider Donna Brazile says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have urged finding areas of agreement.

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elmore1Jan. 22, 1410:35 PM

I agree, we need moderate leaders instead of the childish extremists in both parties.

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windigolakeJan. 23, 14 6:57 AM

The huge preponderance of extremists are on the right and are committed to no negotiation and no compromise. Many Tea Party candidates have been nominated through primaries because their GOP opponents have been "too moderate" because they tried to solve problems through discussion with Democrats. Once the GOP returns to its more moderate positions and rids itself of the parasite Tea Party radicals, the sooner we will have some progress in Washington.

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rlundl02Jan. 23, 14 8:38 AM

@windigolake The Tea Party didn't evolve in a vacuum. It was a response to a significant lurch leftward in Washington that seemed to threaten basic freedoms. In that way, the left is as much to blame for the Tea Party as the right.

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buttlesJan. 23, 1412:30 PM

"The Tea Party didn't evolve in a vacuum. It was a response to a significant lurch leftward in Washington that seemed to threaten basic freedoms. In that way, the left is as much to blame for the Tea Party as the right." == The Tea Party is an astro-turf creation of the Koch Brothers that plays on people's fears.

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Don9539Jan. 23, 1412:40 PM

Thanks windigo, now I get it. We will move in lockstep leftward, ever leftward. We are moderates, those that oppose are radicals.

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dentesterJan. 23, 14 1:50 PM

Wanting to limit government spending to the tax revenue it collects is now considered an extreme position. There's your problem.

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windigolakeJan. 23, 14 3:46 PM

Don9539 ==== Thanks windigo, now I get it. We will move in lockstep leftward, ever leftward. We are moderates, those that oppose are radicals. ==== Since Washington has been shifting right since Reagan, the lurching even further right by the TP is simply an attempt to establish an oligarchy where the rich get everything and the rest of us live on the edge or mired in poverty. We haven't had a truly liberal president since Lyndon Johnson (and I don't think we need another liberal Democrat in his mold. Hillary is a very moderate Democrat. As a former moderate Republican, I find Hillary's political values much more in line with my own than the "tax cuts for the rich and screw the poor and the middle class" Tea Party values of the last five years.

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crystalbayJan. 23, 14 4:38 PM

There has never been more damage done to our country than the near-complete obstructionist blockage of governmental functions. The worst congress in US history is now on record and the least legislation in history as well. These paid protesters did not come to WA to govern; they came to shut down government altogether. Bankrupt of their own solutions to national problems, their only strategy has been and is to throw sand in the gears of government. This is anti-American and seditious behavior.

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crystalbayJan. 23, 14 4:41 PM

"Wanting to limit government spending to the tax revenue it collects is now considered an extreme position. There's your problem.".................This spin doesn't pass the smell test, sir. The TP is aiming at STOPPING government and their do-nothing-but-obstruct strategy is indeed what's extreme for the last few years.

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crystalbayJan. 23, 14 4:43 PM

"We will move in lockstep leftward, ever leftward. We are moderates, those that oppose are radicals."................This is pure projection. You're describing the the radical right wing of the GOP to a tea. There is no "left wing radical" to be found apart from 2-3 Dem senators. Furthermore, it's the far right wing and its intimidation of less radical Republicans which is marching in lock-step.

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