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Moving Beyond “Us and Them” to only “Us”

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

In response to the Arizona shootings, congressperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on the PBS News Hour Thursday that we’ve got to “stop treating our opponents as enemies”. President Obama eulogizing nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green said, “I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us – we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations”. The issue of civility in political and legislative discourse, which I attempted to address in my last two blog pieces, is now front and center in public discussion in the media.

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Winner Take All Governance?

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

I read the title of the on-line CNN piece, “Democrats dismiss GOP health care repeal push”, and had to groan. Here we go again! A fresh new year, but the same old same old in terms of “us and them” thinking in our national governance. As a Unitarian-Universalist, a hardcore egalitarian and a “governance nerd”, it struck me that though I’m used to this kind of rhetoric from our Congressional reps, from the point of view of effective legislating, it is really quite dysfunctional and corrosive to the process.

Washington (CNN) — Top Democrats are dismissing Republicans’ plans to ram a repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul through the House of Representatives in the opening days of the new Congress, portraying the move as little more than a hollow nod to the GOP’s conservative base.

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My Take on Obama’s Education Plan

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Me in my kitchen writing this post

Me in my kitchen writing this post

The incoming Obama administration’s transition team has published a position paper with a fairly high-level breakdown of their plan for addressing early childhood, K through 12, and higher education.  For the purpose of this post I want to focus and comment on the K through 12 plan components including my comments.

Though I supported Clinton in the primary, I am really thrilled that Obama was elected and think he will be a transformational leader for our country.  But the education policies of most any liberal democrat – Clinton, Obama, or most anyone else – I’m generally just not comfortable with.  There is way to much bureaucratic, one-size-fits-all social engineering in most of my progressive comrades’ approach to education.  Maybe I am overly jaded and need to give them the benefit of the doubt, or maybe I am naïve in my analysis… you be the judge. (more…)