I think most of us enjoyed the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin so much, because it not only showed the art of compromise, but it showed people from both parties working together for the good of the country. That was in the time of Abraham Lincoln. So much has changed.
Contrast that to what the Bush administration had created and continues. I place just the first part of the article from the Chronicle here. It concludes that the Democrats may have to wait until the end of 2008 to get anything done.
President has Democrats crying uncle in budget showdown
Monday, November 26, 2007
(11-26) 04:00 PST Washington -- President Bush seems to have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a full nelson.
Just a year after Democrats charged into power on Capitol Hill against a Republican president with bottom-scraping poll numbers and a soured war, it's the Democrats who are crying uncle in the biggest budget confrontation since the 1995 government shutdown.
Democrats do not want a repeat of that fight, which crippled the GOP revolution and revived Democrat Bill Clinton's presidency. Yet they seem astonished to find themselves on the defensive in a budget confrontation where Bush is asking for $200 billion to pay for the Iraq war, but promises to veto domestic spending bills that are $23 billion more than he wanted.
Democrats are struggling even to pass a middle-class tax cut under the banner of fiscal responsibility. A House plan to shield 21 million mainly Democratic households from the alternative minimum tax, and offset the lost revenue with higher taxes on Wall Street, appears to be unraveling. If it does, so does the vaunted "pay as you go" rule that Pelosi pledged would re-establish fiscal responsibility in Washington after years of rampant Republican borrowing.
Bewildered Democrats have concluded that Republicans simply want them to fail.
Congress "is the only business in the world where your colleagues wake up in the morning and try to figure out how to screw over their colleagues," said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena. It's as if workers in a winery went to work each morning trying "to figure out how to mess up the next batch of Chardonnay that's coming out."
Even Republican moderates are furious. "I think it's disgraceful," said Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, as she left the Senate after the last vote before the Thanksgiving recess. "Unfortunately, there are not enough people building bridges. There are too many people destroying them."
I have to wonder how they think they can destroy just a little. Do they not care that there may be nothing left and I suppose if you have collected enough money in this, it doesn't matter to you personally, and yet, as we know, of course, it does. This matters to us all!!