It’s been almost impossible to escape the news reports in national media about the looming debt ceiling collision, and the impasse Congress has been at trying to raise the borrowing limit of the country. Essentially, if the limit isn’t raised by Tuesday, the country starts to run out of money and will be unable to pay all of its debts. A difficult proposition, to say the least, but certainly not one that should have entailed so much argument, posturing, and puffery by politicians across the political spectrum. More appear worried about the next election cycle than doing what’s right for the country
Whatever happened to compromise? In all the talk about borrowing limits, debt reductions, revenue enhancements, and everything else, compromise seems to be the one word missing from the discussion.
It seems to many elected officials, this debacle has become more about the next election cycle than what really needs to be done. When John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, say the debate is more about defeating Barak Obama than solving the debt ceiling issue, the reality is driven home.
We’ve been disgusted by the entire process. We’ve talked with and heard from plenty of others around the valley who feel the same way. The past six weeks have shown Washington politics at the absolute worst. It’s no wonder why people get turned off to politics, and the feeling that their opinion matters little.
The actions, or inactions, currently underway inside the DC Beltway do trickle down to Vermont. The posturing and grandstanding become the political norm, and can polarize local parties along ideological lines. That polarization is not we need here in Vermont, and we certainly don’t want to see it continue in Washington, either. Lines in the sand are for the beach, not the halls of Congress. Ideologies have to be set aside so results can be achieved. Legislators must be willing to compromise, step away from the extreme of either party, and find a solution, quickly. Instead, leaders on either side are unwilling to find common ground. We all suffer for that, and we all lose faith in politicians. What’s going on in our nation’s capital right now is embarrassing to the nation as a whole, and it has to stop.
What we need is leaders who are willing to wear that scarlet “C” around their neck, show political courage, and reach a compromise solution.