Political parties’ embarrassment to nation

October 4, 2013

Many Americans have long suspected most members of Congress were basically spoiled children who act out when they don’t get their way. On Sept. 24 those suspicions were confirmed when tax dollars were wasted listening to Dr. Seuss.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party Republican from Texas, showed the mentality of many of his peers in Washington by giving a 21-hour speech that included quotes from popular television shows, ruminations on the Revolutionary War and reading his daughters a bedtime story of Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Cruz was protesting “Obamacare,” another futile attempt that was nothing more than political grandstanding. …

Actions like this are what has turned the Tea Party from a legitimate political movement focused on better government into a national punch line.

All this did was waste time before the inevitable outcome of the Senate approving a stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown, which is a fancy way of saying the government will kick the proverbial can down the road once again rather solving anything.

Both political parties are embarrassing our nation. Refusing to compromise leaves huge issues unresolved and our country on the verge of a backward economic slide.

It is time for both parties to put the children’s books away and start acting like the adults they were elected to be.

— Ironton Tribune