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Will new Speaker build bridges, or lob grenades?



He may be a little bruised and battered, but Kevin McCarthy is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It took 15 tries, but McCarthy was finally able to secure the votes he needed from his fellow Republicans. But his authority is significantly weaker than those who served before him.  It was a fight for power not seen since the Civil War. At times it was like juggling cats, and his caucus remains unhappy and unruly. But being Speaker of the House requires leadership. Working to attract enough support to advance his party’s agenda. IT requires a deft touch, like that of his predecessor Nancy Pelosi. She was able to keep members of her party in lockstep to pursue their goals, with great success. Can McCarthy do the same? For the good of the country, let’s hope so. In recent years McCarthy’s party hasn’t been able to accomplish much but to say no. There are many difficult issues facing this country, including the must-pass bill of funding this country and avoiding a government shutdown. Getting that done will require compromise and bipartisanship. But as Congress has shown us repeatedly, it is always easier to lob grenades than to build bridges.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Randy

    January 9, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Nancy Pelosi did nothing to improve this country. She mostly got rich off the american tax payer. Think about how the Democrats pass a huge bill with over 4000 pages and members getting no time to read it. Bills packed with so much pork it’s shameful. Lets hope things will change and our legislators start caring about the tax payer and not large give away programs to just get elected and keep power. Time to clean up the swamp.

    • Ted

      January 17, 2023 at 9:58 am

      The current direction of our country is unsubstainable financially. We are spending vast amounts of money with the intent to get every citizen dependent upon the government. We say every problem has a founnation based on racism, and every solution is to give money to create dependence. All one has to do is to look at the labor force statics to better understand where we are. The unemployment rate is around 3 percent only because the participation rate has fallen to about 60 percent. There are lots of people capable of working who choose not to, maybe because they choose to let government support them. We ,as a people, are losing our work ethic.

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