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Open up to possibilities

Posted: October 15, 2013 9:24 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

It’s time for us to expand our mindsets about the political situation in Washington. In a recent New York Times article, Russ Douthat said that politics is hard business and failure is normal enough, but that sensible people, “Republicans included,” should have seen that shut down fever would blow up in the Party’s face. Why? Because they had no method in place to deal with what could arguably be seen as basically a worthy objective.

No party is without guilt. While Democrats may seem to go overboard for social programs, Republicans have not recognized the deep thread of hostility to Wall Street and K Street lobbyists that the majority of Americans feel nor the openness to new ways of doing things to alleviate the suffering of Middle America.

James Fallows follows up in the Atlantic Monthly Weekend Shutdown Reader: Lest We Forget by saying, “Lets reflect on what a handful of people (mostly from safe districts who know they will not be held accountable) managed to do. “

1. Countless people furloughed (imagine living without your paycheck)

2. Preschools closed

3. Fighter pilots grounded

4. Code-breakers twiddling thumbs

5. Foreign dignitaries’ trips canceled

6. American credibility diminished

7. American/world economies threatened

Who?

• John Boehner and Eric Cantor for not bringing a clean budget bill to a vote.

• Ted Cruz and other hardliners such as Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford from South Carolina.

We need more facts -- less noise.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a tireless advocate in the Senate for the middle class, will be in Columbia on Friday at the Eau Claire Print Building on Ensor Avenue to talk about the fight for economic justice -- how to create jobs, stop cuts to Social Security, help young people afford college. Open to possibilities?

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