Jewish World Review Oct. 2, 2013/ 28 Tishrei, 5774
Half a loaf, anyone?
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the midnight hour loomed, the Shutdown Standoff continued and the danger mounted hour by hour. The political cowpokes were still ambling along toward the OK Corral, the women and children huddling behind closed doors, and law-abidin' citizens slowly shaking their heads at the whole spectacle.
Like the strong non-leader he is, the president defended Obamacare past the last minute even as its wobbly wheels threatened to come off, all the
A chagrined America could only stand by, like the rest of the world, and watch the tragicomedy unfold. Again. The country's much abused citizens could look up and down, left and right, as the hours passed and then the minutes ticked away, and still not see a trace of reason, compromise, negotiation or any of the other elements that make a supposed republic work.
It was the screenplay of "High Noon" taking place in real time, only the deadline, fittingly enough, was darkest midnight.
Our president might compromise with
Surely, even Democrats can agree to sacrifice that loser of a tax. And the Republican caucus in the House can settle for whatever progress it can get, and pass that budget. Instead of cutting its own political throat -- because you know who'll get blamed for the federal government's shutting down.
So how about it, ladies and gentlemen, why not act like it? Accept half a loaf and fight another day. Or would that be unspeakably sensible?
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