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Paul Krugman explains bipartisanship

But the part that really got me was Broder saying that we need “the best ideas from both parties.”

You see, this isn’t a brainstorming session — it’s a collision of fundamentally incompatible world views. If one thing is clear from the stimulus debate, it’s that the two parties have utterly different economic doctrines. Democrats believe in something more or less like standard textbook macroeconomics; Republicans believe in a doctrine under which tax cuts are the universal elixir, and government spending is almost always bad.

Obama may be able to get a few Republican Senators to go along with his plan; or he can get a lot of Republican votes by, in effect, becoming a Republican. There is no middle ground.

Bipartisanship is a joke. The sooner Obama learns this the better. It’s time for him to remind the Republicans that elections have consequences.

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  1. IBXer

    February 5, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Obama needs Republicans to be on board with this so it’s not just the democrats who take the fall when the stimulus package doesn’t work. No one believes (unless you are just utterly misinformed) that this scheme will actually improve the economy. It’s become nothing but a huge pork spending boondoggle.

    Mid-term elections are right around the corner. The Democrats want to be able to say Republicans are just as responsible for this bill’s failure as they are in the coming cycle.

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