by Greg Krehbiel on 2 January 2013
I just heard an amusing commentary on what “compromise” in politics means. People often complain that Congressmen used to be able to compromise, but now we have all this gridlock because people can’t work together.
Grover Norquist says that it was easy for Nixon to compromise with Kennedy, because Nixon wanted more government and Kennedy wanted much more government, so they’d compromise with something between more and much more. But now we have people going in opposite directions — more government vs. less government — so it’s harder to compromise.
I’m not sure that’s true — the Republicans were happy to expand government during the Bush years, and I don’t believe any of them are actually proposing less government — but it is an amusing way to describe the issue.
-- 2013-01-02 » Greg Krehbiel