While most of us were toasting to the new year this week and contemplating how long we can leave our Christmas decorations up before we start to look like total slackers, Congress has been in session trying to keep us from flying off the fiscal cliff. They eventually reached a deal, but not without some drama.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the floor and accused Speaker of the House John Boehner of being a “dictator” for only bringing up legislation in the House that’s supported by the majority of the Republican Party. He also accused him of caring more about his job than doing what’s right for the American people. Apparently, “doing what’s right” is to just agree with the Democrats and do whatever they want, but I digress.
Later that day, in the hall outside the Oval Office, the two lawmakers met, and Boehner reportedly told Reid to f*** himself. According to multiple sources, the speaker pointed his finger to the senator and said, “Go f*** yourself.” Reid asked him what he was talking about, and Boehner just said it again and walked away.
Seriously guys? Don’t you have better things to do than squabble like children? Like, um, maybe trying to figure out how to reform our entitlement programs rather than kick the can down the road for a couple of months when we’ll have to have another financial fight over the debt ceiling?
I understand the frustration felt by both parties in Washington, but name-calling isn’t going to solve anything. While Republicans and Democrats are busy finger pointing and cursing at each other, American families are struggling to make ends meet. Many people are still out of work, and with new Obamacare provisions coming into effect, businesses are cutting hours and putting hiring freezes in place.
America needs help -- not a handout, but some real legislative help. Tax burdens are high, the red tape is thick, and incentives to work are low. Politicians should be taking a look at how to get America back to work, not punting the issues and bullying each other in public. No wonder political tension is higher than ever.
Do you think politicians will ever be able to work together peacefully?
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