I heard a legislator bemoaning that Republicans were blocking the stimulus package just as a matter of partisan bickering. Really? Someone wants to spend nearly trillion dollars on nobody knows exactly what and the only possible explanation for someone having reservations about this is “partisan bickering”? To put it in perspective, the stimulus package will cost, in nominal dollars, three times what we spent to fight World War II.
When we fail utterly to see our opponents’ point of view, we have no hope of hashing out a solution. I think that’s where the legislator in question is. She reminds me of my favorite movie line ever, from Canadian Bacon. John Candy is trying to wind up the locals for a “strike” on Canada and in his pep talk he says: “There is a time to think and time to act and this. is. no. time. to. think!”