Now that Congress and the president have narrowly dodged the latest crisis, we must demand an end to the political gamesmanship and a return to governing.
The agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling is not to be considered a victory for anyone. The 16-day government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion and will slow economic growth, according to an analysis by Standard & Poor’s. That equates to real people who saw their paychecks cut and their businesses hurt.
The deal reached Wednesday would finance the government only through Jan. 15 and lift the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. So we are merely headed toward another crisis in a matter of weeks unless Congress and the President get serious about negotiating a long-term budget deal.
In this brief interim, it is time to govern, not to continue to play politics. All sides should rediscover the art of compromise and negotiation, because that’s what any deal will require….
To his credit, House Speaker John Boehner, the West Chester Republican, finally allowed a vote on the Senate deal to resolve the crisis even though a majority of House Republicans opposed it. But a majority of the full House supported it and maybe that’s a model for future long-term deals.
— The Cincinnati Enquirer
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