Sadly accurate. I hope the Republicans will re-examine their policies and help balance bills in a good faith bipartisan way. I also hope Mr. Obama will chastise his party leaders if they fail to do the same. If Pelosi had shown more respect and bipartisanship in 2009, I believe more Republicans would have voted their conscience instead of the Norquist line. Conservatives have a lot to offer to bills. There are too many great minds on the right to be ignored. There are also a lot of idiots on the left who need to be ignored as much as some of the extremists on the right.We need a centrist government that will do the easy things today, the hard things next week, the difficult things next month, and the impossible things next year, or later if need be. We are such a wonderful people and my many friends overseas really do look to us and at us with hope for their own countries. Respectfully,C.