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A Smack To The Pointing Finger
October 21, 2013 - Joselyn King
Furloughed federal workers are back on the job today -- and receiving back pay -- following the recent government shut down that could have sent the nation into a financial tail spin.
And it's not over yet. The continuing resolution passed by Congress to fund government lasts only until Jan. 15, and members agreed to raise the federal debt ceiling only until Feb. 7. The core problems of reducing spending and finding revenue for important programs remain in Washington.
Also continuing to linger are feelings of dissention, and an unwillingness to compromise.
Democrats blame Republicans for the debacle. Republicans, meanwhile, blame Democrats. And Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, even blames fellow Senate Republicans for not backing plans to defund Obamacare and agreeing to the temporary continuing resolution.
Everybody blames somebody. But could it be the American public, as a whole, that is to blame?
Partisans elect persons to Washington, then send them there with a dictate to not compromise. Victory for America -- and in the next election -- voters tell them, can come only if specific agenda items are achieved. Conservatives want no gun laws and Obamacare repealed, while progressives oppose laws stipulating marriage between one man and one woman and want to retain government programs that assist the poor and vulnerable.
Even if a member of Congress is skilled in the art of compromise, it's probable in today's political climate they would be seen as weak if they gave an inch on an issue and didn't achieve a whole partisan victory.
Politics is the art of compromise, and the American public no longer wants compromise.
In the end, there are no winners in the blame game. We just need results.
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