Foolish to compromise


The other day, I was listening to Jim Eddy do a, “get out to vote” ad on the radio. As part of the ad, he identified himself as a proud Democrat, and supporting their policies.

Standing next to me, listening to the same ad, was a friend who asked me why Democrats and Republicans couldn’t meet half way on issues.

Interesting question that can only be answered with a question. What Democratic policy could I support as a Tea Party Republican? For example, where could a Republican meet half-way on the policy of supplying Mexican drug cartels with assault weapons ie “Fast & Furious”? How do you compromise on the lives of 300 murder victims and two border agents? The short answer is you don’t. I’m concerned that Republicans have met them half-way after-the-fact, by not prosecuting those involved or extraditing the criminals involved to Mexico to stand trial.

The budget is another example of how Republicans have met Democrats halfway. Obama hasn’t passed a budget since he came to the White House. He had control of both houses of congress and even Democrats with total control of the process, wouldn’t pass one of his budgets. Republicans in a stroke of lunacy met Democrats half-way, by repeatedly raising the debt ceiling.

By this “meeting” half-way, we now have a deficit that exceeds the GDP. One story on the Internet shows that the debt crisis, is well past crisis. If the government and armed services, were shut-down tomorrow, the income available would only pay the interest on the national debt and mandatory Social Security payments. We are the new face of Greece.

We ended up in this boat by bowing to the wishes of those who should not have been listened to in the first place and then trying to meet them halfway. When you loose track of who you are and become influenced by fools, you reap the benefits of a fool.

And only a fool will meet another fool half-way.

John Straka

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