Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Debt Crisis: Pathetic Politics As Usual

As the United States creeps closer to the debt ceiling, one thing is constant – some the country’s politicians continue to act like petulant children. House Speaker John Boehner, who I am ashamed to say is from my home state of Ohio, didn’t get his way and proceeded to walk away from debt talks with the Obama administration yesterday. It’s the equivalent of a child taking his ball and going home. Boehner, who is one to weep a the drop of a hat, apparently doesn’t like it when he can’t get his way.

President Barack Obama had something to say about the matter:

John Boehner and the Republican Party are playing a dangerous game of chicken with the debt crisis, and the American people will suffer because of it. These political shenanigans are likely why many companies aren’t hiring right now – who wants to invest in an economy that seems to be teetering on the brink of disaster? The debt ceiling has been raised many times before, by Republicans and Democrats alike, yet this time, the Republicans are using it as a stick to beat home some sort of political point.

No Congressman or Senator should be paid until this issue is resolved. In fact, they should get the negotiating team in a room together and not let them leave until they have the issued solved. The time to play games is over, it’s time for the politicians to do what they are elected to do – protect the interests of ALL the American people, not just the interests of their political party.

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