Democrat Says:  “Republicans have no plan!”

Democrat Means:  “Republicans have no plan to spend money on anything!”

This is just one example of how Republicans and Democrats increasingly talk right past each other.  Democrats don’t understand how there could even be a plan that doesn’t involve spending money, therefore, if you have no plan to spend money, you have no plan.  They have no trust in the private sector; they don’t see how anything good can happen without the well-meaning government being directly involved.  They simply can’t see that having no spending plan to get us out of this economic morass is, actually, a pretty good start on a plan to get us out of this economic morass.

Increasingly, the opposite sides of the political aisle simply don’t speak the same language.  They talk, but there is no communication.  I blame the way the partisan media allows people to choose what sort of news and opinions they want to hear, in part, and also the ideological divide between the two parties which has been gaping wider and wider for decades now.  I probably haven’t pinned the entire list of causes, but those are the explanations I have thought of so far.

Update:  Excuse me, where I said “without the well-meaning government being directly involved” I meant, “without the well-meaning government being directly in control.”

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