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The most popular politician sentence in the capital of the United States is: "stop kicking the can down the road."
Everyone says that in Washington. The Democrats, the Republicans. The best example is the recent compromise in the budget dispute: A few very rich Americans pay a little higher taxes. But a real, balanced plan to reduce debt? Nil return. Follow-up in two months. Kick the can down the road!
But they all push the problems. Month after month. What is going on?
Through disarray instead of breakthrough
You should make no mistake: the last-minute number of Washington is no breakthrough, but through disarray. There will be many more such negotiations at the last minute give in the next few months, many we-are still time got away moments. In February, for example, the country of its debt ceiling encounters, shortly savings bomb suspended due to lack of agreement threatens again just. And so on and so forth. A superpower is exhausted in the details, their politicians continually great talk and ideologically inflate.
So the country of unlimited opportunities has become the land of unlimited stalemate. The blocked States of America. While so much is non-partisan to do: the country urgently needs a new immigration law, the infrastructure crumble, the weapons law is too lax.
The structural problem behind the halt is the drifting apart of the parties in a consensus ("checks and balances") laid out system of Government. Or better: drift a large tradition party, the Republicans, namely. The opposition always ruled with in America, because Presidents are often different majorities in the Parliament. But what if refuses the opposition?
With the current Republicans, hardly state is to make. The negotiations for the fiscal Cliff show this abundantly clear. Since one and a half years (!), U.S. President Barack Obama has struggled with the Republicans - only now these half-baked mini deal to bring forth. Nagging, tiresome finger-wrestling. But already some announces the revenge: "In two months, round comes two," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on the fight to the US debt limit would be glad. Lots of fun! America in lower goose mood. Europe will be the winner.
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