Avoiding the Fate of Greece/Martin Rosenfeld

Posted on July 10, 2011

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Howard Kurtz has written an insightful article for the Daily Beast website on the reasons the budget talks between the Democrats and Republicans are going nowhere. He talks of the posturing, the political intrigue and the lack of candor found on both sides. Neither party comes out looking well in the analysis of politics as usual taking the place of sober discussion. Mr. Kurtz ends on a note of some hope; he believes that all parties agree that America needs to avoid the financial cataclysm that has been experienced by the people of Greece.
People often question if mediation is called for in all scenarios. The short answer is that mediation is necessary when the parties will continue their relationship after the end of all talks. If they will never see each other again, then perhaps a more confrontational approach might not be ruled out of hand.
Americans need a budget that is wise and financially sound. If not, we may all suffer from the results of the dysfunction that has clouded the discussions. Therefore, it is reasonable to presume that good sense will eventually emerge in the budget talks that will affect equally all Americans.
In a divorce, a marriage is ending but often other relationships will endure. In particular, parents who are divorcing will still need to share their roles as co-parents indefinitely. You can negotiate such divorces in order to defeat your adversary. The losers of such short-sighted negotiations will be your children. Is it worth your while to win all at the expense of your children’s future. Avoiding the fate of Greece? You can’t do this unless you are willing to be open to the needs of others. Dialogue is difficult. It gives us pain in the short run. Dysfunction, on the other hand, may be forever. The choice is clear. Mediate don’t litigate.

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