I’m glad to say that Hillary is out of the hospital and back at work and that part of our fiscal problems have been bandaged and we have two months of banter and battle before we are out of the woods. A lot has been said about President Obama’s not getting everything progressives wanted, and to a degree this is true. May I remind you of compromise, and is it just my opinion that the President asked for $250 thousand as the ceiling to define wealth to give himself a good starting point knowing that whatever he asked for would be challenged? Let’s face it; $250 thousand isn’t what it used to be. Laurence McDonnell praised him on MSNBC and that is good enough for me. He admitted that he and President Clinton could not get this close though they tried and thought their game plan quite good. They wanted the $250 thousand ceiling which in today’s economy and rate of inflation would be about $473 thousand, so what President Obama agreed to was not far off the mark.
Vice President Joe Biden played an important part in getting the two sides together including his own progressive Democrats who were not entirely pleased by any compromise. Politics is all compromise and a good thing too. We may not like it but we have to compromise with our enemies and we surely have to compromise with one another. I am a fan of the man who some feel is a fool. He is anything but that He’s a wise, talented and a thoroughly experienced individual who knows who the players are, and he has a heart of gold.Google Images
The president tickled the toes of the conservatives and those who wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare and now we must wait to see what the final package will be. The Congress of 2013 was sworn in with many more women and we got a glimpse of their elite bipartisan club. They disdain the testosterone that forces their male counterparts to maintain positions that are passé. House Speaker Boehner tripped himself up by never calling a vote for Hurricane Sandy relief thus incurring the wrath of Governor Christy whose politics I am not attracted to but who seems to stand up for his state. The vote for House Speaker, the winner inevitable, had its protest voters who nominated others, including Colin Powell and Allan West.
Congressional freshmen, a diverse group, have a major job ahead of them – winning back the respect of the American people who are judging them harshly, and well they should. Let’s help them by contacting our representatives and reminding them why they were elected. They are still building backbones, poor babies.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Laura J. Barnes is a writer and garden designer in Seattle