Rik Schneider Online

Friday, June 1, 2012

"Rep. Paul Ryan on Dismal Jobs Report, Bipartisan Failures": The Plus's and Minus's of Bipartisanship



I actually agree with Representative Paul Ryan on one thing and I have no idea when I'll agree with Rep. Ryan on anything again. We disagree so often, that if Rep. Ryan told me it was hot and sunny in South Florida in July, I might go check the Weather Report for South Florida to double check that. But what he's right about, is that there's such thing as "Bipartisan failures", that Democrats and Republicans working together, can mess things up. Which might be a little hard to believe that, when people tend to think about Bipartisanship, they generally see it in good light. Both sides coming together to do what's in the best interest of the country, nice dream but Bipartisanship doesn't always work like that, like with most things there are good and bad with something. Which is why its generally not a good idea to have too much of something and not enough of something. That you to have balance and do what's right, whether doing what's right is Bipartisan or not. The Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s, is an example of good Bipartisanship, Welfare to Work of 1996 would be another example of good Bipartisanship, the Iraq War Resolution of 2002, would be an example of bad Bipartisanship, just to give you a few examples.

Its not a matter of coming together to do what's good for the country, when it comes to Bipartisanship. Its a matter of doing what's right for the country, whether that means working together or one party going it alone, because they have the plan that will work and the votes to pass it. There's also such a thing as good Partisanship, which probably sounds crazy for someone who's an Independent or doesn't follow American Politics very closely. Elections would be an example of that, where a lot of times voters have a real choice in who to vote for. Take Partisanship out of elections and there wouldn't be much of a choice in who to vote for and what would be the point in voting. Partisanship at its best is about choice, one side has this plan and philosophy, the other side has their plan and philosophy and its up to the voters to decide who has the best plan. Partisanship at its worse, is two sides just fighting all the time, because neither side has the votes to pass what they want to do.

Its not a matter of Democrats and Republicans working together or not but what's the right thing to do and who has the plan to accomplish that. And when the voters determine that they don't like either side enough to give them the power to pass what they want to do, then thats where Bipartisanship can come in. Bringing both sides together to pass a plan that works and will solve whatever the issue is that they are working on.