Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers:
The (Middleton) Times-Herald Record on disagreements on key issues in Washington.
The blame game.
Even the phrase betrays the lack of serious concern, the lack of respect, the lack of – dare we even use the word right now – statesmanship evident in Washington these days.
It is not a game, although those who are inside and eager to play and those on cable news who are eager to boost ratings with breathless play-by-play are addicted to the drama.
Step back from the commentary surrounding the latest government shutdown and we have two sides, both with more than enough blame.
Republicans say they want full funding for the military, for children’s health, for the major functions of our federal government but they want all of those before they allow a vote on the status of the Dreamers, those young and now not-so-young people brought to this country by their parents and raised here to pursue the American Dream but without benefit of American citizenship or a reasonable path to it.
Democrats say that they want all these things, too, but they want them all because they do not trust the Republicans to keep their word about funding everything that needs funding and then moving on to the actions necessary to ease the burden on the Dreamers.
It should be an easy fix. It used to be. But for the past decade or so, conflict has become more satisfying than compromise. Those who play to the base, who make sure that the most extreme elements backing them are satisfied, have no interest, indeed no ability to move toward the other side. Members of Congress fear first a loss of hardcore support, second a loss of the hardcore and