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Friday, November 5, 2010

Let's Compromise

In the thrill of victory Democrats say “We won the election.” In the jaws of defeat they say “Let’s compromise.” It is entirely laughable to listen to President Obama say he’s willing to compromise in the face of a two-year lockout of Republican ideas. It is almost incomprehensible that Obama could think the resounding defeat of Democrats is only a repudiation of them, and not a repudiation of the President’s major policy accomplishments and poor management skills. He has failed to navigate the nation out of its economic doldrums and his policy accomplishments are all designed to increase costs and discourage job creation. The President is still convinced that he has not communicated well enough, when he has communicated perfectly. The problem is not what he is saying about his policy choices, but the policies themselves. His willingness to talk with Republicans to test their willingness to compromise is a charade. It is just a replay of the last two years. Saying one thing and doing something else. It’s not a forgone conclusion that a foreign trip will help him see more clearly. Americans can only hope.