Posted by: coastcontact | October 9, 2013

The United States Existence is Based Upon Compromise

I have reduced my listening to the never ending debate over the government shut down and the debt ceiling limit.  Both of our political parties are to blame.

The president won’t negotiate and the Republicans won’t “surrender”.  That makes the nation the loser.

The price that will be paid will be higher interest rates.  All Americans will be paying higher taxes as a consequence.

Dancing-on-Glacier-Point

While dancing along the edge of a financial cliff the political parties are putting our nation at risk.  It is a game of Russian Roulette.

I am sorry to say that Americans are to blame.  We have encouraged the congressional behaviour we are witnessing.

Respect for a form of government that is over 200 years old is appropriate.

From Encyclopedia Britannica

The Great Compromise, as it came to be known, created a bicameral legislature with a Senate, in which all states would be equally represented, and a House of Representatives, in which representation would be apportioned on the basis of a state’s free population plus three-fifths of its slave population. (The inclusion of the slave population was known separately as the three-fifths compromise.) A further compromise on slavery prohibited Congress from banning the importation of slaves until 1808 (Article I, Section 9). After all the disagreements were bridged, the new Constitution was submitted for ratification to the 13 states on September 28, 1787.

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  1. I would like to point out that if the president and senate give in to the ‘extortion demands’ that are now coming out of the house, it will destroy our democracy. What everyone seems to forget is that senate already compromised and accepted the house budget, only to have the house come back and say that wasn’t enough. Do you really want the senate and president to give in to their demands- demands like gutting EPA and wall street regulations-keystone pipeline approved= no healthcare reform-cutting social security and medicare privatized. Would you not agree that is not compromise but instead extortion. Never before in our history has the house or senate held our government/economy hostage for their own demands. They lost the election because the people did not want their budget or other stated missions, so now they come back and say that unless the president and senate give into their demands they will refuse to do their job. The president and the senate have said over and over that they are willing to sit down and discus but not allowing them to make demands for their compromise. The senate passed a budget over 6 months ago and the house has refused to even have a committee to discuss the budget The actions they are taking are not what would be considered compromise as they are unwilling to pass the original CR that they (the house and Boehner) submitted. Boehner has admitted that he(the house) gave them the CR they were willing to pass and even though it was still at sequester levels, the senate agreed to it. When then Boehner(house) came back with first no CR unless all funding for ACA was eliminated, they still wanted the CR they submitted plus the no funding, then they came back with defunding, eliminating the tax on medical devices and allowing all employers to choose not to include womens preventive care-including birth control- now they still want all those but added to that with all I stated above So, I ask you, is that really coming to the table and compromising. The president is right about standing firm and if he doesn’t, it will mean that for every president after, whenever a party decides they want their way they will again hold our government/economy hostage until they get their way. Never before in our history as a country has this ever happened. Not ever


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