The Re-emergence of Politics

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In the days and weeks following September 11th, Republicans and Democrats put aside the partisan rancor that marked the first several months of the Bush Administration and presented themselves as united behind the President. The scene of legislators gathered together singing "God Bless America" would have been unimaginable just a month and a half ago. But now that the immediate shock of the terrorist attacks have worn off, signs of partisanship are beginning to return. The House and the White House are balking on a Senate-approved measure to federalize airport baggage handlers.The battle lines have been drawn over what kind of economic stimulus package is appropriate for the country. Has politics really changed at all since September 11th?


David Shribman, Washington Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe;
Congressman Barney Frank, D-MA;
Steven Moore, Senior Fellow in Economics at the Cato Institute

This program aired on October 15, 2001.


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