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Minyanville Underground Railroad: The Politics of Policy


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Below is an excerpt from Todd's column, The Politics of Policy, which will publish on Minyanville tomorrow morning. This is a MUR exclusive:

The State of the Union was delivered last week and it sparked a myriad of mixed emotions.

From 40,000 feet, one could argue President Obama was spot on; jobs are the primary focus and small businesses -- the fabric of our great nation -- must be encouraged if we're to rebuild our economy from the inside out. There is a ton of motivated human capital trying to pave the way to better days; they (we) must be encouraged, not repressed.

While broad strokes were painted, it remains to be seen if politicians will be able to color within the lines. We've witnessed The Great Divide these last few years: red states vs. blue states, the have's vs. have not's and Main Street vs. Wall Street. The President was correct in saying we must work together to execute solutions but that's easier said when political agendas abound. (See also David Stockman's article How Politics Caused Fiscal Disaster)

Into the 2008 Presidential election, I offered that the vote came down to "diplomacy vs. defense;" that the enormity of the cumulative imbalances embedded in the system was bigger than any one man or political party. The cancer, so to speak, had outgrown the entire economic patient.

I half-jokingly opined at the time that with a forward-looking lens, the Republicans should vote for Obama and the Democrats campaign for McCain. "Someone will fall on this economic sword," I wrote, "and we should be prepared for palpable pushback regardless of who wins."

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