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Friday, November 12, 2010

Art is in the eye of the beholder

They say politics is the art of compromise. But when does art become pornography?

The sharp reactions on both sides of the political aisle to the draft proposals of the bipartisan commission on debt reduction suggest we may be at that point in Washington. At least as the term was defined by former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who declared "I know it when it see it."

The proposal certainly appears to have no redeeming social values to anti-tax zealots like Grover Norquist or the newly empowered Tea Party Caucus. And if blue liberals are allowed to see red, then the Times' Paul Krugman is certainly a shade of, well, crimson.

But that's the nature of our government today, where Republicans who were once capable of simply saying no without offering responsible alternatives now have to put up or shut up.

Sadly, I don't see that happening with a party that favors both deficit reduction and a $700 billion new hole in that deficit by extending the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.

But I also don't see much in the way of compromise on the part of Democrats, loudly labeling the proposal "unacceptable." Much of that may simply be political posturing, knowing they will be stuck with whatever they accede to while Republicans pull out the rug on them by backing away from the plan entirely.

I think I can safely predict not much will happen -- again. Unless our leaders decide to tax pornography, particularly in its political form.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see if the Tea Party led protest against the use of "earmarks" comes to fruition. Justified or not in the minds of the populace it is one of the big problems. It's been used by both parties and is the poster child of waste, like that bridge to nowhere that was finally scrapped.

November 12, 2010 9:29 AM  

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