Bob and Joe Get Stuck on A Railroad Track and Attempt A COMPROMISE
One evening, Bob and Joe were riding in Joe's pickup truck when it became stuck on a railroad track. Joe wanted to get out and push the truck to safety immediately. Bob mistakenly believed that the Norfolk Southern freight train wouldn't roll through until much later. "I'm listening to Smooth Jazz on XM radio right now. Why can't we compromise and chill now and do the heavy pushing later?" Joe considered this quite unreasonable and not useful so he put the car in neutral and pushed the car off of the tracks by himself.
Sometimes, we get caught up in words that sound better than they are. The word that I'm going to discuss may be the most overrated word to come down the pike in quite a while. 'Compromise' is often idolized in our society. "If only the two sides would compromise." Compromising is often useful. However, there are many things that it is not. While it may be facilitation, it is not leadership. While it may be a tactic, it is not a strategy. While it may seem sophisticated or mature, it is not courageous nor always correct. It is a way of deciding like when kindergarten teachers help children to compromise on the playground. Like Rock, Paper and Scissors is a form of compromise.
Whatever happened to debating the issue at hand and pursuading the other parties? For example, Congress is supposed to be a deliberative body that argues ideas and policies to better reach wise policy decisions. The voters should also influence how issues are decided. What do the voters want? Lately, notice how 'compromise' in Washington is often negotiated behind closed doors? And that the result of said compromise is a document longer than can possibly be scrutinized? Lots of give and take. Lots of 'carrot and stick.' Lots of bribery and extortion, perhaps? The old saying "The Devil is in the details" is not at all relevent here. Not. At. All.
During this latest Kabuki performance on Capital Hill, John Boehner has been trying to break the Guiness Book of World Records for Cat Herding While Pushing Rope (-He's actually made a fan of me because he reminds me of Lee Marvin dealing with the crazy convicts in The Dirty Dozen). At the same time, in the main stream press, the esteemed, scholarly moderates shout "Why won't the Tea Party members of Congress compromise? -They're bat shit crayyyzzy!"
Excuse me. We. Are. Broke. To all Democrats, Obots, Libs and soft-headed 'Independents' ,what part of that don't you understand? We, as a Nation, are spending taxpayer's (and Chinese bondholder's) money like drunken sailors. No, I take that back because I don't want to insult drunken sailors. How about we are spending money like Paris Hilton if she got drunk and joined the Navy.