Modern Washington: death of the deal

Modern Washington: death of the deal

There are 22 comments on the Politico story from Jan 30, 2012, titled Modern Washington: death of the deal. In it, Politico reports that:

Every time there is divided government in Washington, there is a revival - among elite journalists, think tank commentators, and respectable politicians of all stripes - of a cherished idea about how business should get done in the nation's capital: Get the most responsible adults of both parties in one room, shoo away the cameras and microphones, ... (more)

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goose

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jan 30, 2012
Please define what you mean by "most responsible".
If what you mean by that is looking out for peoples interests would there be any in Washington?

Since: May 08

Deltona Fla

#2 Jan 30, 2012
The problem with Washington is it is all about the money. Citizens united just made the problem 100 times worse. It is making it impossible for anyone to be politics and not have to take big money in order to do it. It makes all politicians absolutely dependent on big money.

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#3 Jan 30, 2012
swampmudd wrote:
The problem with Washington is it is all about the money. Citizens united just made the problem 100 times worse. It is making it impossible for anyone to be politics and not have to take big money in order to do it. It makes all politicians absolutely dependent on big money.
It's been that way for quite some time. Campaigns broke records in 2008 to the tune of $5.3 billion. That's Presidential and Congressional of all stripes. And it's been projected that Obama alone will spend $1 Billion this year on his re-election campaign.

There's hardly any room for an honest person who can't be bought...then again maybe if the richest people in America run, they are less likely to be "bought" by donors.

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#4 Jan 30, 2012
From the article: "Most Republicans don’t believe in raising taxes and would rather fight than split the difference. Most Democrats don’t believe benefits like Medicare should be cut or turned over to the states and are more than ready to take the argument to voters."

Read that second sentence again, then tell me how cutting $500 billion from Medicare happened!

Leave it to Politico to leave out the details.
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#5 Jan 30, 2012
That's because Americans (the 99.994%ers) are awakening to the fact that it's a RAW deal for them, a race to the bottom.

RON PAUL 2012!
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#6 Jan 30, 2012
Corporatism Rampant in GOP Race; Ron Paul Always the Exception

http://www.revolutimes.com/2012/01/14/corpora...

“ALL LIVES MATTER!!!”

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#7 Jan 30, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
That's because Americans (the 99.994%ers) are awakening to the fact that it's a RAW deal for them, a race to the bottom.
RON PAUL 2012!
You are supporting a racist!! Great job!!!

Since: Dec 07

Flint, TX

#8 Jan 30, 2012
Retired SOF wrote:
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You are supporting a racist!! Great job!!!
Makes sense is supporting someone who said he'll legalize drugs. The same person a few years back thought the dems would do it but so far, no. LMAO

“ALL LIVES MATTER!!!”

Since: May 11

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#9 Jan 30, 2012
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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Makes sense is supporting someone who said he'll legalize drugs. The same person a few years back thought the dems would do it but so far, no. LMAO
Don't we have some bigger issues to worry about first!

Since: Jan 07

Plymouth, PA

#10 Jan 30, 2012
The operative word is "responsible." Applying this and other positives such as "competent," "rational," "honorable," and "altruistic" is an oxymoron.
Tony

Broken Arrow, OK

#11 Jan 30, 2012
There are no responsible adults of either party. Need to elect some new law makers that are responsible adults.
fatbacks x

Portland, OR

#12 Jan 30, 2012
Room? An under the staircase closet would be ample.Unless you're talking cash filled envelopes. Then you'd need a colliseum or two or four or five.....

“I laugh at Robo Posters”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#13 Jan 30, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
That's because Americans (the 99.994%ers) are awakening to the fact that it's a RAW deal for them, a race to the bottom.
RON PAUL 2012!
WASH POST:'Obama: The most polarizing president. Ever.'

Obama delays oil drilling, up to 200,000 jobs...

Agent Provocateur sales boosted by US First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama has risked the wrath of cash-strapped Americans by indulging in a $50,000 shopping spree at Agent Provocateur. Blocks traffic and creates a mess for other drivers and shoppers……..Hail the Queen. You poor people , can you spend $50,000 on slinky underwear? The Obama’s are a 1% family. What have they really every done for you………..nothing.

Since: Dec 07

Flint, TX

#14 Jan 30, 2012
Retired SOF wrote:
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Don't we have some bigger issues to worry about first!
Just ask ron paul, he'll tell you whatever you want to hear.
Mothra

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Jan 30, 2012
Dismayed wrote:
From the article: "Most Republicans don’t believe in raising taxes and would rather fight than split the difference. Most Democrats don’t believe benefits like Medicare should be cut or turned over to the states and are more than ready to take the argument to voters."
Read that second sentence again, then tell me how cutting $500 billion from Medicare happened!
Leave it to Politico to leave out the details.
More lacking details...

"A budget plan by two longtime Washington worthies, Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson, was unveiled to widespread editorial-page and think-tank praise — and was promptly snubbed by actual politicians."

Where's the note that the "politicians" were Democrats. Pelosi said she wanted to see the results of the of the deficit commission before submitting a budget.

They did, she didn't.

As for the Democrat controlled Senate....? 1000 days and counting waiting on their budget.
An Independent

El Paso, TX

#16 Jan 30, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
That's because Americans (the 99.994%ers) are awakening to the fact that it's a RAW deal for them, a race to the bottom.
RON PAUL 2012!
RP is not for the 99%'s, he if for the 100%.
An Independent

El Paso, TX

#17 Jan 30, 2012
Retired SOF wrote:
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You are supporting a racist!! Great job!!!
Yeah here is proof he is a racist.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRevolutionPAC...

“ALL LIVES MATTER!!!”

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#18 Jan 30, 2012
An Independent wrote:
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Yeah here is proof he is a racist.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRevolutionPAC...
Editor of a racist newsletter. Do you believe he did not know what was in them?
Tucksun Jack

Tucson, AZ

#19 Jan 30, 2012
One of teh things that would FORCE the parties into dialogue and compromise is something the Republicand are FOR and teh Democrats ADAMANTLY AGAINST, and that is an EFFECTIVE Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would mandate the government CANNOT spend more than it takes in, in any year, with the sole excetion being if congress declares war.

Absent a Balanced Budget Amendment, I see no hope on the horizon.

And I'm NOT a Republican nor (THANK GOD !) a Democrat. I'm a Libertarian.(That means I believe in sex, drugs, and rock n roll for EVERYONE, REGARDLESS of sexual orientation !:))

“I laugh at Robo Posters”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#20 Jan 31, 2012
Tucksun Jack wrote:
One of teh things that would FORCE the parties into dialogue and compromise is something the Republicand are FOR and teh Democrats ADAMANTLY AGAINST, and that is an EFFECTIVE Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would mandate the government CANNOT spend more than it takes in, in any year, with the sole excetion being if congress declares war.
Absent a Balanced Budget Amendment, I see no hope on the horizon.
And I'm NOT a Republican nor (THANK GOD !) a Democrat. I'm a Libertarian.(That means I believe in sex, drugs, and rock n roll for EVERYONE, REGARDLESS of sexual orientation !:))
Well after the ESTABLISHMENT republican get through picking our candidate, it will be time to start looking at a real third party solution. The establishment is Washington and Washington is only their to protect themselves.

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