WBEZ | bipartisanship http://www.wbez.org/tags/bipartisanship Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'This is our Sputnik moment': Reactions to President Obama's State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/our-sputnik-moment-reactions-president-obamas-state-u <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Obama state of the union 2011 AP_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama&rsquo;s second State of the Union address stuck to tradition by highlighting the progress of the nation but many considered the tone of the gathering to be different &ndash; that a bipartisan, even conciliatory air prevailed. That might have been due to the seating arrangement.<br /><br />President Obama focused on both the deficit and the high level of unemployment.Obama also spoke about the need for investment in high technology, science and education. Sound good to you? If it does, where should the money come from: Government or the private sector?</p><p>To answer whether there is a sound economic policy hiding underneath all that high toned rhetoric, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two experts: <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/faculty/web-pages/charles-wheelan.asp" target="_blank">Charlie Wheelan</a>, a senior lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/faculty/web-pages/jeffrey-grogger.asp" target="_blank">Jeffrey Grogger</a>, one of the nation&rsquo;s leading experts on welfare reform and the Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy at the Harris School.<br /><br />Wheelan is also author of <a href="http://www.nakedeconomics.com/" target="_blank"><em>Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science</em></a>. Grogger is co-author of <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674018914">Welfare Reform: Effects of a Decade of Change</a>.</em></p><p><em>Music Button: Mike Reed's People Places and Things, &quot;Song of a Star&quot;, from the CD Stories and Negotiations, (482 Music) </em></p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/our-sputnik-moment-reactions-president-obamas-state-u Nancy Pelosi Tweets Eric Cantor She's Already Got SOTU Date http://www.wbez.org/story/bipartisanship/nancy-pelosi-tweets-eric-cantor-shes-already-got-sotu-date <p><p>Whichever Democrat winds up sitting with House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) on what's being called bipartisan "date night" will likely know that he or she wasn't the House Republican official's first choice.</p><p>That's because Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former House speaker and present minority leader, <a href="http://twitter.com/NancyPelosi/statuses/29957488946184192">tweeted an apology</a> to Cantor for being already booked.</p><p><blockquote></p><p>I thank @<a href="http://twitter.com/GOPLeader">GOPLeader</a> for his <a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23SOTU">#SOTU</a> offer, but I invited my friend Rep. Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Here's hoping Cantor or one of his aides at least got a phone call beforehand, that they didn't have to read it first on Twitter. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295985731?&gn=Nancy+Pelosi+Tweets+Eric+Cantor+She%27s+Already+Got+SOTU+Date&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=Bipartisanship,Rep.+Eric+Cantor,Congress,It%27s+All+Politics,Nancy+Pelosi,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133212652&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110125&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bipartisanship/nancy-pelosi-tweets-eric-cantor-shes-already-got-sotu-date In Defense Of Heated Political Rhetoric http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/defense-heated-political-rhetoric <p><p>Is it possible to have American-style politics without the kind of heated partisan rhetoric that is now in the spotlight because of the Tucson shootings?</p><p>It's hard to imagine. Our two-party system, which pits Republicans and Democrats against each other in an endless struggle over just how activist and large a role government should play in people's lives, is tailor made for passionate arguments.</p><p>That's especially true when each side sometimes honestly believes the other side's approach to governing could be ruinous to the Republic.</p><p>That can get people very passionate and passion means emotion and sometimes emotion means getting carried away.</p><p>Politics is also, at bottom, about power. In most of world history, power is gained and maintained by violence.</p><p></p><p>Fortunately for the U.S, its tradition has been to transfer power peacefully even when the rhetoric has been fairly hot-blooded.</p><p>Still, when it comes to power, people tend to fight to get or keep it, even if they aren't physically coming to blows.</p><p>So, again, it's difficult to envision American politics being denatured of its political passions with our politicians becoming as emotionless as Spock, the Star Trek Vulcan. Indeed, one of the raps on President Obama is that he's too much like the fictional character.</p><p>Jack Shafer over at Slate <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2280616/pagenum/2">writes in defense</a> of heated political rhetoric.</p><p>An excerpt:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Our spirited political discourse, complete with name-calling, vilification—and, yes, violent imagery—is a good thing. Better that angry people unload their fury in public than let it fester and turn septic in private. The wicked direction the American debate often takes is not a sign of danger but of freedom. And I'll punch out the lights of anybody who tries to take it away from me.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>And let's not forget that superheated political rhetoric has led to some historic great comebacks.</p><p>President Franklin Roosevelt showed how humor can be used to blunt such rhetoric when he <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/the-daily-need/photo-fdr-defends-fala/3769/">famously invoked his dog</a> in a response to his Republican critics. He said:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include <a href="http://bushybarney.tripod.com/mylitdg2.wav">my little dog, Fala</a>. Well, of course, I don't resent attacks, and my family doesn't resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him--at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars--his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself--such as that old, worm-eaten chestnut that I have represented myself as indispensable. But I think I have a right to resent, to object to libelous statements about my dog."</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294731427?&gn=In+Defense+Of+Heated+Political+Rhetoric&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=Tucson,partisan+politics,Rep.+Gabrielle+Giffords,Bipartisanship,Campaign+tactics,It%27s+All+Politics,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132815566&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110110&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/defense-heated-political-rhetoric Finding compromise in the new congressional landscape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/finding-compromise-new-congressional-landscape <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Congressional leaders resize_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If all had gone well, congressional leaders would have been sipping on Slurpees at the White House Thursday. President Obama called a meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders to discuss economic concerns, particularly the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner asked to reschedule. Is the postponed brain freeze a sign of bipartisan bickering to come?</p><p>Polarization does seem to be the general mood of late. So, if the summit is an effort to find areas of compromise, could it work? Is there such a thing as middle ground between the two parties in power?</p><p>Eight Forty-Eight spoke with Rick Perlstein and <a href="http://www.lincolnseries.com/Bios/Dudley.html" target="_blank">Christine Dudle</a>y to help explore that terrain. Perlstein's most recent book is "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nixonland-Rise-President-Fracturing-America/dp/0743243021" target="_blank">Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America</a>", and Dudley is a Republican political strategist.</p><p><em>Music Button: Barrett Martin and the Wayward Shamens, "Garifuma", from the CD Alchemy, (Fast Horse) </em></p></p> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/finding-compromise-new-congressional-landscape