We have dealt with this topic before but I wanted to come back to it because David Gergen , someone widely respected by moderates in the US, has given his thoughts on this problem in an interview with www.derspiegel.de .
“SPIEGEL:Has the economic crisis not been the primary factor for the current polarization? Americans are feeling anxious and insecure.”
“Gergen: Certainly the recent economic crisis has contributed, but it is worth remembering that polarization began to deepen in the 1980s and 1990s, a time when we were creating 20 million jobs a decade. Cultural factors have also been at play, and as someone in the media, I confess that the media has also played a role. I have had senator after senator tell me that they get invited to go on a talk show and be seated next to someone from the other party. Then the producer calls to discuss the segment and if you tell them you’re going to have moderate things to say, you want to work with the other side, the next day you get a call saying, “Sorry, we’re going to get somebody else.”
Interesting to hear his take on the media’s influence on the problem, later in the interview he mentions how a big part of the problem is the current generation of political leaders and that he has already seen signs that the next generation will not be as polarized, here is to hoping he is right. You can check out the whole interview below.
Against the backdrop of the nation’s unemployment figure rising recently the president brazenly went behind the back of congress to put an end to deportations of illegal aliens under the age of 30 who had graduated high school or served in the military. Besides no longer having to fear deportation the president also granted them the right to work legally which for many in these times of high unemployment seems as if the idea was not well thought out. I think this is nothing more than attempt to secure more votes this fall and if that is the case it really is a shame that the president decided to go around congress because of the divisive nature of the problem. Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio expressed similar thoughts when he said he thought that it was great for the illegal immigrants but bad in that the president went behind congress to do it. I myself just think it was bad period but that is another story. You can sure tell the president never competed in the market place for a job against illegal immigrants, or had his wages reduced because illegals were willing to work for less. Here is how one democrat described the move by the president.
“It’s a medium-risk, high-reward strategy,” said Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons. “I think you risk angering people who are upset about immigration, yes. But for a president who’s got to win Florida, Nevada, Colorado, it is definitely something that can give the Latino community something to rally around.”
At a joint press conference Friday members from both sides of the aisle came together to denounce what they described as a cascade of leaks about national security issues to the press. Ranging from details about the special operations raid that killed Bin Laden to the Stuxnet Virus used to slow Iranian progress on a nuclear bomb the leaks seem to just keep coming. Some republican lawmakers are suggesting the leaks have been made to make the administration look tough on national security issues, a traditional weakness of democrats in the eyes of voters. So far the white house has been able to resist calls for an independent investigator to be appointed but it remains to be seen how much longer they will be able to do this as pressure grows. Right now it is just republicans like Sen. John McCain who have raised the idea of the independent prosecutor but democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein did say that she would not rule the possibility out. This is a serious issue for the Obama team for two reasons. First, it’s not just republicans saying this but also democrats who have used some fairly tough language in denouncing the leaks. Second, if an independent prosecutor would be assigned it would be a disaster for the Obama administration, any veteran of the Bush or Clinton white house staffs would tell you that no administration wants an outsider going through their dirty laundry. P.S. Look at that picture above from their press conference, those are some serious scowls on their faces, they are really mad.
According to a story from www.thehill.com several nations including China, Russia, India, and Brazil are pushing for the UN to take control of the internet. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are concerned, and the article says that hearings are scheduled next week. Here is the link to the story below.