The Edmond Sun

October 14, 2013

OUR VIEW: We’re tired of waiting

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Getting to a compromise before Thursday’s deadline to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling may take more political willpower and guts than most in Congress currently have to give.

There are many stories coming out of Washington, D.C., about how hard legislators are working to reach this elusive compromise that will return thousands of federal workers to their offices and allow services to resume.

The real problem is Congress didn’t work this hard before we got to this crisis point. Too many in Congress thought they could pull off 21-hour filibusters and score political points with voters back home instead of rising above daily politics and finding true solutions to cut spending and fund our government prudently and respectfully.

Those who think we sent them to Congress to only worry about the next election should find themselves out of work after the 2014 and 2016 elections. And if the American people re-elect those who are failing to find true government reform through statemanship and leadership then we will have no one to blame but ourselves when our country goes the way of Greece into the financial abyss.

It’s time to truly understand that we can no longer give every interest group everything they want, that not everyone is going to get their piece of the American pie. It’s time to admit that fiscal responsibility is the only way forward and it’s time to stop trying to drag every other sore spot we have into the fight for more leverage.

Congress needs to focus on the immediate issues of extending the national debt ceiling limit and offering a fiscally responsible spending bill. We need to be grown up enough to govern ourselves without packing up our toys and sending people home for days on end. Too many in Congress and elsewhere in leadership have said hateful, petty things thus making it almost impossible for true compromise to take place. We need our leaders to pull back from the brink and actually lead. They can start by making this Thursday’s deadline and outlining a plan for how to move forward.