I was impressed, however, with the tone of debate that President Obama and the congressional Republicans had over the president's "stimulus package." Both the Deseret News and the SLTribune ran stories on the encounter.
This is the type of debate that is necessary to truly produce the best results. People shouting one another down or ambushing each other with sneak attacks in political discourse rarely do anyone any good. Usually the attacker ends up looking shallow and afraid of what the opposition might say. (Think Rosie O'Donnell both on The View and with her "interview" of Tom Selleck on her now defunct talk show.)
We really don't need statutes or rules of etiquette pushing agendas on anyone. What we need is general common sense. No one likes a bully, and everyone gains from a full discussion of all opinions.
I generally believe that the best thing the federal government can do in most circumstances is stand out of the way. However, when there is action taken at this, or any level of government, it should be with a full, open, and honest debate with each side presenting their views.
I appreciate President Obama's willingness to discuss his ideas with his political opposition. Like the Republicans in Utah's congressional delegation, I am opposed to this "stimulus package," but I appreciate the tone set and appreciate that President Obama is willing to listen to those who agreeably disagree with him.