A philosophical view.
Our two-party system, simply put, is that one party is more concerned about social issues of the working poor and middle class. The other party is there to protect the interests of business and the wealthy. Guess which is which.
All arguments are meant to find all outside reasons to smoke-screen these intentions. And there is no compromising. When compromise does take place, it only complicates social and economic functions.
When one party is in power, it tries to undo everything that the opposition has accomplished in the past and do whatever it can to make new changes in its favor for the future.
This is what is happening in Madison, Wisconsin. The Republicans are in power and are going to undo everything that the Democratic Party did in the past when it was in power and as far back as possible. And of course they will win out, as we don't expect the type of revolution that is taking place in North Africa countries.
At the moment, the Party in power's thrust is at unions generally, public employee unions and teacher's unions specifically. State sponsored health insurance and public employee pensions are there in the Republican political production or destruction line as well.
Rejection of national programs such as rapid rail, work against the party in power in Washington.
Many of these local issues are tied to national concerns. The central point for one party is taxes and its elimination, in total if possible. Here the argument of big government dominates as reduction in government means reduction in number of public workers and in taxes.
Economic philosophy plays a role here as well. The economic religion of “trickle down” requires that the rich get the biggest share of tax reductions when these reductions do occur. This is what happened recently in Washington.
The big government argument makess it possible to call for the elimination of costly social programs, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The size of the debt becomes the base for the elimination of these programs as well. Unemployment insurance is also on this list as are other spending issues.
Neither of the two parties has a majority constituency. A large number of party-unaffiliated are required to put one party into power. Therefore most political arguments are aimed at this middle group. Turnout of party members at election time is also important when stimulating voters.
Therefore, what is going on in Madison is two-fold, one is the tearing down what the other party has accomplishments and the other is an attempt to convince the non-affiliated voters to vote for the party that is doing this.
The events in Madison are also to assist the Republican Party's influence in Washington and for improving its position at election time in 2012, while those being affected by these moves are trying to prevent them in whatever way they can, a least by calling attention to what is happening.
That's the way I see it of today. I welcome any comments.