In polarized Washington, two worlds apart
In a rare cordial moment on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, right, talks with House Speaker John Boehner.
July 12th, 2012
08:53 AM ET
2 years ago

In polarized Washington, two worlds apart

Washington (CNN) – Even in an election year, the current dysfunction in Washington reflects a worsening partisan divide that has created what amounts to parallel political universes seemingly unable to comprehend or deal with each other.

In one, President Barack Obama and Democrats battle Republican obstruction that they say stunts their plans for economic recovery and advancing equal opportunity for all Americans.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    The problem is the rise in influence of the extreme right wing in conservative ideology. Polls show that the liberal left has remained unchanged on the percentage of people holding opinions on varous issues: abortion, war, taxes, health care, etc. Those same polls show that people who identify themselves as conservative have shfted to the far right.

    July 12, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    The problem in this nation is REPUBLICAN-DRAMA. Yes, this Election is all about RICH v/s MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA.
    PS: did I forget saying republican cult., ple, do not tell all. Shhhhhhh.

    July 12, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    RE-ELECTION is the name of the game...for both parties. But Harry's stonewalling by refusing to bring any House Bill to the floor for consideration is juvenile.

    July 12, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Turn all Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    July 12, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Myviewis

    Is not that Republicans are less interested in solving problems, is that you can't compromise with people that want everyone to work for the government, have government run the businesses, run our homes, tell us what we can and cannot eat, dictate to us how we can or not spend our money. To Democrats more government in our lives = less worries, easier life. I read yesterday Regina Herzlinger's book and bottom line to her idea is that 20% of the sick use up 80% of the money so our government needs the healthy 80% to buy insurance so that the sick 20% can continue to spend the money the health 80% don't use. The sick have insurance because 40% are in Medicare and 97% of the rest of the sick are in Medicaid or covered by employers' insurance plan. And her idea is that the healthy people in the insurance pods subsidize the cost of the sick. Her idea is that with no individual Mandate (tax) most of the sick would qualify for subsidized coverage in public health insurance exchanges or Medicaid and that would use up a lot of Tax revenue which will diminish the government investment needed "for developing genomically-derived therapies". Her thinking is "But like most new technologies, these are hugely expensive to develop, and initially, to manufacture".

    Bottom line of Regina: the 80% healthy need to cover the sick 20% so the government has more money for research and development, manufacturing.

    Conveniently, Regina Herzlinger fails to inform that she is married to George A. Herzlinger, Founder, Chief Executive of Belmont Instrument Corp, a medical device manufacturer in Billerica, Massachusetts.

    Who do we think is going to profit big time in Regina Herzlinger's fight for upholing Obamacare -Affordable Care Act???? Her husband's manufacturing plant that should be getting monies that our government will available to spend on his manufacturing because the healthy of the U.S. will be covering the medical expenses of the 20% sick? I think so. She and her husband will be richer than they already are rich. Once again the rich always find a way to get richer.

    July 12, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    With Congress' approval rating at an all time LOW (20%), perhaps the Grand Obstructionist Party should quit acting like 4yr olds and do the job they were elected to do – partisan legislation to move the forward !

    Since all they have done for the last FOUR years is try to make the POTUS look as bad as possible – in every possible way including blocks, filibusters and so on – to ensure the meet their REAL objective of making Obama a single term president.

    July 12, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. rs

    The super-right is a foreign ideology to the U.S.
    First, it has no logical internal orthidoxy:
    it says it is against "big government", yet wishes to control the most inimate human actions;
    It says its for "conservative" balanced budgets, yet it keeps wanting to cut taxes, thus furthering the problem of deficts. It says it is for fairness and justice, yet supports anti-civil rights, anti-minority, anti voters' rights legislation.
    It claims to detest economic warfare, yet has a scorched-earth policy on the middle class and poor. It says it believes in the Constitution, yet signs pledges to ideological elites (inevitably very rich ones like Mr. Norquist).

    Second-
    The GOP, and their super-right ideologues also seem to believe they are above the law, and that rules and laws (like, say Supreme Court decisions) are only real when they happen to agree with it. Their positions meanwhile spin ever rightward so that what passed muster as 'conservative" today, is "liberal" tomorrow.

    The GOP is simply unsustainable.

    July 12, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    ".....To Democrats more government in our lives = less worries, easier life....."
    ---------------–
    Republicans pass more laws restricting personal freedom than enabling them.
    - restricting and prohibitng birth control
    - restricing and prohibiting construction of mosques, and demonizing non-Christians
    - requiring people to have a separate state issued photo ID to vote. [voter registration card is no good?}
    - prohibiting women from accessing prescribed contraceptives for treatment of ailments.
    - outright banning of all adult entertainment
    - banning same-sex marriages and demonizing gay lifestyles.
    The list goes on and on and on. Republicans are the thought police. Big Brother. Nonconformance is unacceptable.

    July 12, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. rs

    Obama 2012 – You are fundamentaly correct. Buried in the same data look at the approval rate of Congressional Republicans: 9%. That is less that the approval rate for the American Communist Party (11%).

    July 12, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Dave

    Obama 2012 – move forward with more deficits, debt and unemployment!

    July 12, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |