Former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, decorated First Lieutenant, and decades-long veteran of the federal government Leon Panetta was candid in an interview with Foreign Policy. He criticized the gridlock in Washington, said America should engage with Iran, and revealed that he wished President Obama had gone through with the strike on Assad's regime in Syria.
Presumably, he was only trying to garner laughs — but as Shakespeare pointed out: ‘in jest, there is truth.’
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker criticized the partisan climate in Washington and distinguished proper checks and balances from today's gridlock. He said, "If you want to get big bold reform done ... you need a team to help you do that."
Hypocrisy on stilts.
Post shutdown, the GOP is kind of all over the place. After struggling with a split party during the shutdown negotiations, it seems the conference needs some time to work out their differences; hence no vote on immigration.
s Rush Limbaugh really to blame for Washington gridlock? President Obama seems to think so— in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday he said the conservative radio host is partially to blame for Washington’s inaction.
The New York Times called the SOTU “making the case for government,” but it was in fact the unveiling of gridlock, the opening of the era of Big Gridlock.
President Obama likes to complain about gridlock in Washington and blame Republicans for keeping him from doing his job. As president, he has the unfettered executive power to pardon individuals convicted of federal crimes or commute their sentences.
A cigar aficionado and amigo of mine named Irwin penned a note to the Republican Congress the night after Obama got elected for four more years of this slop, and I thought I’d pass it on to you.
It is clear that the people have imposed profound limits on this government. Its ability to continue what is already being done has not been curbed, but its ability to do much that is new has been blocked.