Am I the only one who thinks that AT LEAST FOR NOW the debate about the budget has been civilized? I'm more than comfortable with the president and members of his party having disagreements about what ought to be included in the federal budget; in fact, I think such conversations are necessary. And this president seems willing to allow for diverse opinions to be expressed. (His predecessor would have been wise to consider such an attitude.)
I'm also more than happy when the opposition party comes up with a reasonable set of objections. Amazingly, I think the Republicans are going to do that this time, though I am keeping my fingers crossed that the loudmouths will not take over the media spotlight and practice their usual grumpy and divisive politics.
Of course, I have little tolerance for groups that think it is wise to pressure any politician to agree with another politician. MoveOn.org is practicing that chicanery. Nor do I think politicians from other countries should use the current economic conditions in the U.S. to reassert their political positions at home.