The liberal commenters on the NYT Raising Fiscal Stakes, GOP Set Terms to Lift Debt Limit
are utterly hypocritical. First of all, how do liberals think Democrats got what they wanted between 2000 and 2008 besides compromise? Compromise means both sides have to give a little, or even a lot! To all those who throw up their hands and say that the GOP has "hijacked' our country, that the "minority" of people are trying to run the show, and that this move constitutes blackmail I ask how is this any different from what we've seen in the past? This is how politics works. Every time.
We have a two-party system so that the majority doesn't set the laws for the people (though that is precisely how we got Obamacare rammed down our throats in the first place back in an all-Democrat-led government against popular support) - so that there must be compromise. Checks and balances. The party system provides additional checks and balances to the ones already written into the Constitution with branches of power. And now liberals are saying that compromise consists of doing solely what one party wants? Immature.
Are liberals so unwilling to accept that there are people who are every bit as committed to their ideology through both passion and reason as they are? That for this government to work at all we must acknowledge our differences and work through them rather than try to silence dissent or worse, call them names? Again, immature.