Following excerpt is from an AP story in today's paper. Is it any wonder that congress can't get anything done with all the political posturing of an election campaign season in the way?
McConnell predicted that if Congress fails to act, Obama will argue "that Republicans are making the economy worse and try to convince the public, maybe with some merit, if people start not getting their Social Security checks and military families start getting letters saying their service people overseas don't get paid."
"You know, it's an argument he has a good chance of winning, and all of a sudden we (Republicans) have co-ownership of a bad economy," McConnell said. "That is a very bad positioning going into an election."
McConnell said his first choice was to reach a good compromise with Obama.
Short of that, "my second obligation is to my party ... to prevent them from being sucked into a horrible position politically that would allow the president probably to get re-elected because we didn't handle this difficult situation correctly."
Here is a link to the full story Obama to GOP: 'Don't call my bluff'
It seems to me that it is a reliance on science and the complexities thereof that are causing many of the stalemated problems we face. From politics to the Federal Reserve Bank and indeed to the economy, consumerism and even capitalism itself..
Honest debate is one thing.. IMHO, constant attempted manipulation of each other via the social sciences is something entirely different.
Check out Wikipedia on Political Science