Washington’s Resolutions: 2014 Dawning


If ever there were a place, and a time, in need of new resolutions, it would certainly be Washington, D.C., on New Year’s Day 2014.

House Speaker John Boehner, who presided over a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government in 2013 that cost the American economy tens of billions of dollars, already has resolved not to shut down the shop  again.

So going forward, what’s his pledge?

President Barack Obama, whose agenda hit a serious roadblock in 2013 — starting with his failure to win even a slice of the gun controls his administration sought in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, schoolhouse massacre, and ending with congressional inaction on the comprehensive immigration laws proposed by the Senate in a bipartisan effort — is looking forward to a new year focused on big issues.

In his year-end news conference of 2013, the president portrayed 2014 as a ``year of action.’‘  And in a year-end fundraising appeal to supporters of that permanent Organizing for Action campaign that his supporters are running post-reelection, the president said:  “We don’t just fight the good fight — we stay at it until we win. Today, I’m asking you to make a commitment — 2014 should be a year of action. ”

(Note which cause is listed in the smallest type.) The Senate’s Republican leader has his own designs for the new year:

Some ask, why wait until January to resolve to do something you’re perfectly capable of committing to today? Others lament that loop of failed resolutions past.

From the sidelines, too, come suggestions for clear thinking in the year ahead. Some start with a personal commitment to noise reduction in that continuous news-stream of news that isn’t always news.


Or, should we just forget any attempt at getting it right?


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