A new Huffington Post op-ed by Thomas “Mack” McLarty, Chief of Staff to President Clinton and chairman of McLarty Associates and The McLarty Companies, warns against the impacts of the partisanship plaguing Washington. Compromise is necessary for progress but seen as a weakness and avoided at all costs.
The dangers of the situation are apparent across party lines. Robert Gates, the former Secretary of Defense whose tenure spanned the Bush and Obama administrations, recently said, “the biggest threat to our national security… is the paralysis in Washington.” Business leaders from Wall Street to Main Street say that it suppresses confidence, investment and competitiveness. We all see how the erosion of public discourse places burdens on a functioning democracy.
The full article can be found here.