Debra, your thoughts are a refreshing - and much needed - balm for a soul that is weary of the contemporary penchant for turning normal dialog into conversational warfare. It is true, as you say, that concern for the poor seem to be missing in our public discourse and compassion is a virtue that gets more rhetorical than actual respect. And despite the naysayers, I agree with your premise that we would be much better served by having more women at the negotiating tables where the debt ceiling and spending cuts are being discussed. No doubt there are exceptions, as some have noted, but by and large I'd be we'd find far less chest thumping and far more attempts to find workable compromises if we had more women participating.
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