Before the ‘breaking’ news that U.S. senators had reached a deal to avert the country’s first economic default, congressional representatives from Virginia showed their frustration on Tuesday as the prospects for a resolution then looked bleak.
During a conference call on Tuesday, Sen. Mark Warner said, “The damage that’s being done each day by this political circus is really unprecedented.” For anyone who’s followed Warner’s political career, he’s not one to lay down such emphatic verbiage unless there’s good cause. And what better cause could there be to be upset about than the present “political circus”?
As usual, Sen. Tim Kaine sounded a positive note (given the current political environment) in a call on
Tuesday: “What we need to do is get over this hump this week, reaffirm our fiscal soundness, continue government operations to reopen government so that people aren’t continuing to get hurt every day, and then we’ll have a budget negotiation.” The “hump” that Sen. Kaine is referring to are the intransient representatives within the Republican Party in the U.S. House.
The unfortunate part of what the radical nuts in the U.S. House are doing is that I don’t disagree with some of their ideas. What I do unequivocally disagree with is the way that these individuals have gone about attempting to solve America’s perceived woes.
Just as bleeding a patient doesn’t get the doctor any closer to curing the disease, so too does the act of recklessly jolting and slashing the American economy not move us any closer to a long term debt reduction. As the libertarian type should know, you don’t change someone or something by force, you convince others that your way of viewing the world is the right one. Given the recent default debacle, however, it’s difficult to see how anyone but the most ideologically stunted individuals could sign up to ride on the tea party crazy train.
As the congress moves closer to finally ending this round of the default debacle, it appears that most Americans, and their representatives, have had enough of the crazy train as well.