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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:29 AM
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Paul Krugman: Don't Make Nice
October 23, 2006

Paul Krugman: Don't Make Nice

Paul Krugman tells Democrats that, should they gain power in the upcoming election, it would be a mistake to give into calls for reconciliation and bipartisanship since that will not end the divisiveness that plagues the political process. Instead, Democrats need to stand strongly against any compromises to their core principles and values and fully investigate "the origins of the Iraq war and the cronyism and corruption that undermined it":

Dont Make Nice, by Paul Krugman, If They Win..., Commentary, NY Times: Now that the Democrats are strongly favored to capture at least one house of Congress, theyre getting a lot of unsolicited advice, with many people urging them to walk and talk softly if they win.

I hope the Democrats dont follow this advice because its bad for their party and, more important, bad for the country. In the long run, its even bad for the cause of bipartisanship.

There are those who say that a confrontational stance will backfire politically on the Democrats. These are by and large the same people who told Democrats that attacking the Bush administration over Iraq would backfire in the midterm elections. Enough said.

Political considerations aside, American voters deserve to have their views represented in Congress. And according to opinion polls, ... the public wants politicians to stand up to corporate interests. ...(T}he latest Newsweek poll ... shows overwhelming public support for the agenda Nancy Pelosi has ... if she becomes House speaker. The strongest support is for her plan to have Medicare negotiate with drug companies for lower prices, which is supported by 74 percent of Americans and by 70 percent of Republicans!

What the make-nice crowd wants most of all is for the Democrats to forswear any investigations into the origins of the Iraq war and the cronyism and corruption that undermined it. But its very much in the national interest to find out what led to the greatest strategic blunder in American history, so that it wont happen again.

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As long as polarization is integral to the G.O.P.s strategy, Democrats cant do much, if anything, to narrow the partisan divide. Even if they try to act in a bipartisan fashion, their opponents will find a way to divide the nation which is what happened to the great surge of national unity after 9/11. One thing we might learn from investigations is the extent to which the Iraq war itself was motivated by the desire to have another wedge issue.

more...


When it comes to rubber stamp Republicans, it's party first (just ask the media's favorite maverick and so-called moderate Republican, McCain)!


Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 19-20, 2006. Nationwide.

"As I read you some things the Democrats might do over the next two years if they take control of Congress, please tell me if you think each should be one of their TOP priorities, a lower priority, or should not be done at all. . . ." N=1,000 adults, MoE 3

..................................................One of Top Priorities...A Lower Priority...Not Done at All...Unsure
Allowing the government
to negotiate directly with
pharmaceutical companies to
lower drug prices for seniors....................74%....................18%....................6%.............2%
(any priority = 92%)

Increasing the minimum wage.................68%....................21%....................9%.............2%
(any priority = 89%)

Investigating charges of
impropriety or wrong-doing by
members of Congress.............................62%....................27%....................7%.............4%

Investigating government
contracts in Iraq.....................................58%....................29%....................8%.............5%
(any priority = 87%)

New rules to limit the
influence of lobbyists...............................52%....................29%....................9%.............10%
(any priority = 81%)

Enacting all the recommendations
of the 9/11 commission...........................52%....................30%....................7%.............11%
(any priority = 82%)

Investigating questions about
the decision to go to war with Iraq............52%....................25%....................19%.............4%
(any priority = 77%)

Broadening the kinds of stem
cell research that can receive
federal funding........................................44%....................31%....................19%.............6%
(any priority = 75%)

Rolling back some of the
Bush tax cuts..........................................38%....................28%....................28%.............6%
(any priority = 66%)

Impeaching George W. Bush.....................28%....................23%....................44%.............5%
(any priority = 51%)

Obviously, Americans want change!

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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:35 AM
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1. Krugman is perfectly right in this advice. Good for him. The
problem is Congress. We've watched Dems going along mostly with gnat volume in their voice and being all nicey-nice to the theives and smearers.

The ugly side of Republicanism was in our face everytime one of them spoke in their pompous, arrogant, contemptuous angry face and mouth.

Congressional Democrats MUST GET SMART. ACT ADULT AND MATURE. It does not include kow-towing to Republicans in anything that doesn't save the country from all the damage that has been done.
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FredStembottom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:42 AM
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2. To Dems: It is not partisan to uncover crimes!!!!!!
STUPID!

This is because THEY ARE CRIMES!

:argh:
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kaneko Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:08 PM
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3. You are so right
and it is so important that your message will be heeded.
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:23 PM
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4. People are looking to the Democrats to prove themselves and
our Democrat leaders better remember this. No more fence sitting or non-positions on issues.
We should start investigations. Although my top pick for investigation is the money being waisted in Iraq and the politics behind all the no bid contracts doled out to Republican corporate supporters.
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Johnyawl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:37 PM
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5. A litmus test for when to start being nice to republicans..


When they begin calling it the DemocratIC Party, then we'll know they're serious about bi-partisanship
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Nederland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:43 PM
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6. I wonder
...where "Impeaching George W. Bush" would rank on DU member's lists.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 06:49 AM
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7. If they investigated a few
entries higher on this list, I wouldn't be surprised to see impeachment move up on the public's list of priorities.
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