I’m reading “That Used to be Us” by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. It’s basically a look at what’s wrong with our nation and why we can’t seem to accomplish great things, as we have in the past.
While the authors have definite ideas about how we go to this point and who is to blame, they also outline basic remedies to our problems. They also point out that in today’s political climate of ultra partisanship, nothing great will happen.
Regarding the polarized Congress they write: “From 1955 to 1961 a vote had to be called to end a filibuster only once. In 2009 and 2010 this happened 84 times”. During that period in the fifties, Congress was passing major legislation … on civil rights, the national highway system, and the space program. Those people solved problems, in contrast to the politicians we have now.
Like the book’s title says, “That Used to be Us”.
Our thought for today is from Harry S. Truman:
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”