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Victor Post
  • OUR VIEW: Maybe Congress should do as pope did

  • Even if Congress manages to save us from the brink, damage has been done. Consumer confidence plunged more than 8 points between December and January. That means less spending and so, fewer jobs. All because of the narcissistic partisanship of Congress.

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  •  Across the board hatchet cuts will affect services provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Head Start. The Department of Transportation will be forced to cut nearly $1 billion, affecting the Federal Aviation Administration most starkly. Cuts to the Energy Department will impede its ability to adequately protect and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons program. This doesn’t begin to cover all of the many cuts that will be imposed by sequestration.
    Even if Congress manages to save us from the brink, damage has been done. Consumer confidence plunged more than 8 points between December and January. That means less spending and so, fewer jobs. All because of the narcissistic partisanship of Congress.
    Unless our representatives in Washington can put aside their ill will toward each other and become effective leaders – now – each and every one should resign. It’s the honorable thing to do.
    Earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign because he had become too infirm to effectively fulfill his responsibilities. Out of a profound respect for his position and the people he serves, he made the honorable choice. Considering how ineffectual, how terminally ill Congress has become, we would suggest they do the same.
    The complete and utter dereliction of duty committed by members of Congress has worn on too long. A war of sorts was declared between Democrats and Republicans and it has left us all bloodied:
    In the past decade, a Republican congressman shouted “you lie!” to the President of the United States as the president addressed a joint session of Congress.
    A Wesleyan Media Project report on the 2010 Congressional elections found Democrats resorted to far more personal attacks against Republican opponents whereas Republicans tended to focus on the issues.
    Senate Republicans have violated the filibuster motion, once used rarely to prevent voting on legislation, now constantly, to grind Senate business almost to a standstill.
    As a result of the uncivil war between the parties, the U.S. has not had a budget in four years. Several times we’ve lurched toward the edge of fiscal cliffs and smacked against debt ceilings, resulting in our AAA credit rating being downgraded in 2011. It may happen again in the coming weeks. We have a $16 trillion national debt, two crucial national security posts unfilled and now the country faces the bogeyman of indiscriminate cuts – $85 billion in the first six months alone – called sequestration, a bogeyman of the President’s and Congress’s own creation.
    With sequestration due to take effect Friday and no resolution in sight, members of Congress inexplicably chose to take this past week off. With just days to go, Congress is cast about the country instead of sitting together, as honorable leaders do, and hammering out a tough compromise. A resolution might not leave either party satisfied, but the integrity and well-being of the country would be restored.
    Page 2 of 2 - As a result of Congress’s intention to lead our nation into sequestration, the Defense Department estimates 800,000 civilian defense workers face furlough in the next month. And that’s only one sector of our economy.
    Even if Congress manages to save us from the brink, damage has been done. Consumer confidence plunged more than 8 points between December and January. That means less spending and so, fewer jobs. All because of the narcissistic partisanship of Congress.
    Unless our representatives in Washington can put aside their ill will toward each other and become effective leaders – now – each and every one should consider whether they should continue to represent us.
     
     
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