Posted on July 28, 2013 by stevehighsmith
Early seeds of change? I had a conversation with former Maine U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and former Governor Ed Rendell about political gridlock. Snowe is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center which was created 6 years ago by former Congressional leaders, Republican and Democrat. Rendell told me that it’s “time for those of us in the majority to wake up.” He says“We’re not as avid voters as the fanatics(on both sides.)” But that people are “hungry” for an end to the stalemate.
Snowe says currently, “There are too many incentives to divide.” She wants the American people to demand that Congress pass a budget (which it has not formally done for several years.) Rendell believes there is plenty of room to compromise at the margins without violating each side’s principles. He says the “media are a little responsible, too.” Both think voters can pressure Congress into action. They also want open, not closed primaries and other incentives to take away the political rewards that divisiveness allows right now.
I inferred from Snowe’s comments that President Obama and the White House also need to do more. A “President has to engage and so do his people.”
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Posted on July 8, 2013 by stevehighsmith
Praying, hoping and all around banking on the best for young Weston Keeton. The young Tennessee boy has been living up here in Philadelphia for a long time, a couple of years, since he was 4, a third of his life so far, as he waits for a heart transplant at CHOP. (He’s the 3rd child from the left.)
His mom, Julie, has been with him. Dad, Adam, has been working in Tennessee, but comes up as often as he can. Siblings are here off and on. It’s not been easy for the Keetons. But, it has been especially hard, of course, for Weston. When I met him back in December, he was able to live for awhile at the Gift of Life House with his family. He is a happy, beautifully rowdy kid by nature.
The Keetons have been befriended by many Philadelphians, some of them Mummers. The family is grateful for what everyone is trying to do.
Things are getting a little tough for Weston. Hang in there, buddy.
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