04 May 2005

Government Jobs Still Unfilled

Today's AP story about the new Iraqi Government, focused on the 7 (out of 37) Cabinet positions still unfilled. The implication is that democracy in Iraq is failing.
Let's look at democracy here in this country for a moment.
Last Friday the Wall Street Journal published on it's editorial page a partial and unofficial list of President Bush's nominations that are being held-up by the US Senate. The 15 people listed, not including judicial nominations, are being held-up by Senators on both sides of the aisle. The reasons are all petty, and show us that politics in this country is as contentious as it is in a new nation filled with groups that have been shooting at each other for years. Read the editorial over at Opinion Journal (see link on the right side of this page).
All I can say is lighten-up. We took years before we even had a working Constitution after defeating the British, and we are still fighting over silly regional and political slights that in some cases go back years.

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