I was watching a discussion the other day between some Democrats and some Republicans. The Dems were saying that this country is in trouble because the Reps are refusing to compromise their positions. The Reps were saying the country is in trouble because of the policies of the Dems and the only way to fix the mess is to turn away from those policies and return to fiscal sanity. The debate reminded me of two football teams facing each other on the fifty yard line with neither side able to move the other. As a result, nothing gets accomplished. Nobody scores.
election showed us clearly that the country is almost equally divided
between those two positions. It also showed us that this situation of
deadlock must be desirable because the electorate continued the
stalemate by their election choices. When stalemate happens in a
football game, the soccer-style kicker is called upon to come out and
kick a field goal. That usually is not very satisfying, but it at least
brings about an end to the deadlock. I believe what is needed in this
country is a good field goal kicker.
have written before that Republicans do Republican things because that
is what they believe. Democrats do Democrat things because that is what
they believe. For either side of this debate to say, “Be reasonable, do
it my way” is ridiculous. Most Republicans probably think that if they
caved to the demands of the Democrats, the country would suffer
irreparable harm. I’m pretty sure the Democrats feel the same way. At
least I hope their thoughts are more with the country and not just with
their political parties or with their own particular political futures.
This is what I know however, if compromise is not reached, the country
will suffer and possibly more than either side could ever repair. The
so-called “fiscal cliff” we are facing is a reality. It isn’t going
away. If it happens, Greece will look like a Sunday School picnic.
people we have chosen to represent us are our employees. They answer to
us. They are charged with the responsibility of doing the business of
government. The economic mess we are in is their doing. It is not the
failure of the American people. It is the failure of their elected
representatives. Every citizen in this country needs to write their
representative and give them the following message. Put your party
affiliation aside, do a quick re-read of the Constitution, swallow your
egotistical pride, and compromise for the good of America. Unscrew what
you have screwed up. Failure to act is a criminal offense and you will
be held liable, period.
election is over. The country has chosen. For better or worse, the
status quo has been re-elected. Many of you do not like the results.
Many do. Today it does not matter. What matters is that the people we
have chosen to get the job done need to get busy with that job and get
it done. Failure truly is not an option.
all have our opinions as to what is the best policy for this
government. The resolution to the fiscal mess we are in will probably
have to take on some from both sides. Like a field goal it probably
won’t be totally satisfying to either side, but it doesn’t matter. What
matters is that resolution be found and compromise be reached. Another
thing is crystal clear. Both Obama and the Congress are equally
responsible for our situation and they both will be held accountable.
Ron Scarbro November 14, 2012
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