“… (It) is like going to your credit card company after you’ve maxed out and saying- I’m
not going to change my spending, I’m not going to spend less, but I want you to raise the rate.” Tom Cole (R) Oklahoma
Yesterday Alex Wagner had Oklahoma State Rep., Tom Cole (R) on to discuss the possibility of default on the U.S. debt. His point was in reference to asking Democrats to negotiate over the debt ceiling. Giving him the benefit of the doubt that he meant ‘raise the limit’ NOT ‘raise the rate’ (which will indeed happen if we default), it seemed like a fair point.
Blame whomever you wish, the bottom line is that the congress has had a chance to reach a budget agreement for months (since the sequester went into effect, March 1st in fact.) And yet they failed to come together to resolve this and put in place a real budget.
And, what about that sequester? How’s that going? Check the numbers and you will see that the budget is already at lower spending levels than the majority of either party proposed back when they were attempting to resolve this a year ago. Unlike the congressman’s example, we may not like how we got here, but the federal government has been placed on a financial diet. (So feel free to begin referring to last year’s Super Committee as the Jenny Craig of Federal Spending.)
Where does that leave us, then? I don’t know about you, but I am scared. The politicians so far seem unable to acknowledge the harm they are inflicting. And I don’t care how many resolutions they pass to bring select government employees out of furlough, all I see are the kids unable to go to Head-Start, or the families who can’t pay for their housing this month because of a lack of housing assistance.
It is not right. Conservatives claim that government is too big and these things should be handled by private organizations, like churches or non-profits. Show me where that is happening right now. Please, really, show me. I would like to know that these people who suffer are getting more than a 10% discount on their hamburger. I’d like to think that people, other than Colbert, are stepping in to provide the services that are not available because congress can’t accept that they already made a mistake by letting it get this far.
And liberals, stop making this about winning some game. The first rule of negotiation is NOT to back your opponent into a corner. The right is claiming you won’t negotiate. We know that there is room for agreement outside of the two crises that face us. So stop letting your rhetoric block in both sides. It is not helpful!
Tom Cole is an excellent example that things are not always black and white. I hope everyone can see that there are many, many colors that make up our country and each of them have a story. Listen!
I’m done with my rant now… but you may have something to add. I love to hear comments- I just ask that you
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