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'Compromise' Is Not a Dirty Word

cashe Wrote: Jun 07, 2012 2:11 AM
Those who denigrate compromise do so because of their lack of confidence in this ability to negotiate. Negotiation is the heart of any deal. Do you really believe that 435 (?) members of the house and 100 members of the senate will pass any legislation without compromise? Not gonna happen. When you negotiate, you have your list of things I must have, your list of things I want to have, and your list of things I can negotiate away. There is plenty of room for principle here. The deal is where you get what you want. And all or nothing positions guarantees you will not get anything. Think about it.
Tacitus X Wrote: Jun 07, 2012 5:48 AM
In many cases, however, getting nothing is better than the proposed "deal." In politics you have another problem as well: the persons making the deal are not the persons paying for it. For example, statist politicians "negotiate, compromise, and agree" to bilk the taxpayers to give government unions exorbitant compensation packages in return for campaign contributions and votes. Meanwhile, hardworking private economy taxpayers (who don't have a seat at the bargaining table) are exploited mercilessly. No deal would be hugely better than the rigged "compromise."
Tom in Delaware Wrote: Jun 07, 2012 5:36 AM
The formula is sound....however, when the rubber meets the road and you have one party (Democrats) declaring that things like 'wants' are actually 'dire needs for survival' and nothing but hyperbole and demagoguery ensue then the system for compromise breaks down......this is still OK. But one has to fearlessly call a spade a spade and vote those people out of existence.......just like what happened in Wisconsin.....there wasn't any compromise there.....and things are turning around for the better there.

Compromise has always been a holy word for the Washington establishment. But against the backdrop of ever-increasing anxiety over our fiscal dysfunction, most particularly the next budget showdown, the word has taken on a tone of anger, desperation and even panic.

But in all its usages these days, "compromise" remains a word for bludgeoning Republicans. "Congress isn't just stalemated, it's broken, experts say," proclaims the typical headline, this one in The Miami Herald. And the experts say it's all the Republicans' fault.

"The challenge we have right now is that we have on one side, a party that will brook no...