We are finding better ways to work together in this country, or am I am confused by effusion generated in the Follies? I joined Karen in the Follies as one of 50 special celebrations during our fiftieth year of marriage. In the finale the entire cast is dancing and singing uplifting, inspiring lyrics from, Better Way, by Spencer Day.
So I may not be the most objective observer, but I see signs we’re going to find a better way.
Congress is seeking better ways. House members postponed a debt limit deadline in bill HR 235, thus avoiding another false fiscal crisis.
They danced two steps further. Step one, they insisted the Senate pass a budget, which it hasn’t done since 2009. Step two, they added a provision that if Congress doesn’t pass a budget, members will not be paid.
A bi-partisan senate group proposed Immigration reform linking an amnesty program with a secure Mexican border. One of the senators in the group, Marco Rubio (R-Fla) promoted the proposal on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.
“What you’re doing is admirable and noteworthy,” Limbaugh said according to the Los Angeles Times. “You are recognizing reality. You’re trumpeting it, you’re shouting it.”
As Tracy Warner pointed out in a Wenatchee World editorial, the senate proposal would “create a workable program” to “find agricultural workers when American workers are not available to fill open positions.”
Obama made a statement about what he’d support, but didn’t mention a guest worker program. He supported the idea during the last election, but opposed one in 2007. It may be hard for a former community organizer in Chicago to recognize Pacific Northwest needs, but I’m optimistic our democratic senators can get his support.
Maybe it’s these Follies lyrics: “I know you’ve heard it before but I’ll say it once more, cause we’re gonna find a better way.”
The state legislature is trying a different way. A senate Democrat joined the Republican caucus to head the senate and voila: committees are headed by an equal number of Republicans and Democrats instead of one party.
State legislators appear to have reversed direction and find a way to preserve the Guaranteed Education Tuition program threatened by tuition increases. Financial experts say GET financing is secure for decades. Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey (R) wants to keep it viable.
“It’s a great program for the middle-class families planning for the future,” Bailey told the Seattle Times.
Those changes sound like legislators are dancing and singing words from Better Way: “This is a time for evolution, this is a time for compromise.”
A surprising change may come from The Boy Scouts of America after it issued a statement, “The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families.”
The discussion is generated by painful opposition to its current anti-gay policy. FOX news reported major donors UPS, Inc. and pharmaceutical firm Merck have halted donations. CEOs on the BSA board from Ernst & Young and AT&T want to change the policy because it’s in contrast to their corporate discrimination policies. Sponsors have dropped scout units.
Supporters of the current policy are upset. The BSA Facebook page is receiving comments pro and con. The Family Research Council and Southern Baptists have urged the BSA to stand firm.
“We anticipate there would be a very significant backlash to this as churches re-evaluate whether scouting comports with their values,” said Roger S. Oldham, a spokesman for the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee.
The BSA National Executive Meeting Board decided last Tuesday to submit a resolution to its national council of 1400 members at their annual meeting in May.
The BSA is living the lyrics in Better Way: “I know it hurts to grow but the status quo, oh, you know it always come with a price.”
We need to find better ways in our great land. As the lyrics say, “We gotta comprehend, it’s not us or them, it’s the human race trying to survive.”