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Eventually, a problem will be big enough that partisanship will have to be cast aside. Until then, gridlock protects us from ideology...

True, inertia, or gridlock, if you like, does protect us from ideology. I guess it's a judgement call as to what's big enough to break a log-jam.

Dithering and arguing and "no-ing" about raising the debt ceiling not only caused disbelief throughout much of the rest of the world, but it had serious consequences to the U.S's credibility and credit rating, not because of the countries inability to pay its debts, but because of the game of chicken over the willingness of the country to pay its debts. Shame on both parties for indulging themselves this way and shame on the President for not stepping up and invoking executive privilege and declaring "Not on my watch!"

If this wasn't big enough to break a log-jam, stay tuned for the fiscal-cliff debacle and the ensuing, and totally unnecessary, recession that's likely to follow unless those in Washington wise-up.

Small comfort to be insulated from ideology…

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