Has it really been two years since President-elect Obama addressed the crowd in Chicago as I – and many others – wrote that the hard part was ahead, turning promise into reality?
Much has changed and much has remained the same since that point in time. And now that the Republicans have reclaimed the house and President Obama picked up the phone to talk to probable Speaker-to-Be John Boehner, the hard part comes from the suddenly rejuvenated GOP – turning this second chance, as some Republicans already are calling this, into a second chance to find solutions rather than point fingers.
Work with enough Canadians and it’s hard not becoming jealous of one aspect of their federal government. Coalition-building is a must in a nation with more than two parties; negotiation isn’t a meaningless byword, it’s a necessity. And because the leading coalition has to govern in a manner that allows them to hold together the disparate members of that coalition, less time is spent pointing fingers than seeking solutions.
Canadian parliament isn’t always successful, of course. No government is infallible. But if nothing else there’s more than lip service given to the idea of working in a bipartisan (or multipartisan, as it were) manner.
Where we are right now is not the fault of the Democrats or the Republicans. It’s not due alone to greed on Wall Street or to foolish buyers who knew they were purchasing homes they never could legitimately afford or to real estate agents who were responding to the supply and demand as it existed. It’s all of our fault and it will take both parties to find a solution.
As I’ve said time and time again in the past about real estate negotiations, the object isn’t to “win”. It’s to succeed.
And so, the hard part begins … finding a successful solution to this economic mess and not trying to win the battle of whose more at fault.