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Tue Nov 19, 2013, 08:06 PM


Responsibility Without Authority: A Recipe for Disaster

I'm a union President. For 12 years the worst case scenario for me has always been responsibility without authority. In other words, we're going to do something some one else's way, but, in the end, the responsibility rests with me.

No way. If I take the hit, I'll listen to other peoples' opinions, take it into account, much the same way any chief Executive does, then make a final decision, and live with the consequences. I've won 4 elections and have held office for 12 years.

That's what happened to this God Damned Affordable Care Act. It should have just been Medicare for All. We knew that's the best way. We should have outlawed the filibuster, coming in, so that we owned all the proposal.

We then would have lived, as Democrats and Americans, with the consequences.

What the fuck good is it to do something half-assed, with the opponents trying to make it fail, and then getting the blame.

We're responsible for what happened, but we compromised and ceded the authority, like Republican Governors deciding that their states don't participate.

WTF. We'll never get a chance like this again in my life time. It only happens every 30 to 40 years. (1932, 1965, 2013).

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