Succinct: A commenter at 538, Thomas Neyman, writes:

So this is bipartisanship: No one agrees on anything, but everyone is happy to play their role. Obama looks like he is reaching across the aisle. The Republican caucus, with few moderates left, fires up the base. And the Dems in Congress get to write their own bill without obstruction from the other side. Everybody wins. The only losers seem to be the American public, who are getting a too-small stimulus package that doesn't put enough money in play soon enough.

I don't know Mr. Neyman, nor do I even recall seeing his posts before; but he has a way with words, having distilled the current political moment into six crisp sentences.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Succinct”

  1. Joe-

    The political cynicism of the Republicans in a time of national crisis is astounding. Their opposition to the bill is pure politics.

    They want the Dems to “own” the bill so that, if the country is not out of this severe recession in 2010 they can run a see-I-told-you-so campaign even though they have offered NO alternative.

    The “opposition” has also been utterly incoherent: it increases the deficit too much, but doesn’t spend enough money on tax cuts (which somehow don’t add to the deficit); Obama embraces failed-Keynsian economics, yet supply-side economics is code for screw the poor and middle class; there’s not enough immediate stimulus, even though the Repubs have been blocking stimulus efforts since at least September.

    How many shovels could already be in the ground?

  2. Yeah, though I don’t think the Repub. opposition is even that coherent — it’s just an amalgam of spite & (failed) ideology & (staggering) economic ignorance. Actually, I’m a little optimistic, for two reasons: 1) I think it’s a pretty good bill, though not perfect; 2) the economy runs as much on psychology as markets & Obama seems to have people feeling like we’ve got a chance to get out of this collapse without a total meltdown. The Republicans have to work for a meltdown, for political reasons. But that is the path to taking the country down completely & how that helps them I can’t really see.

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