By Patricia L Johnson and Richard E Walrath
Another day and nothing in sight yet that looks like it might be an end to the debt ceiling argument. The economy keeps getting worse which is exactly what the Republicans want to see happen. The economy is what they are going to run on next year. People don’t know anything about the debt ceiling, but they do know the economy is bad.
Why are we, as relatively intelligent adults putting up with what can only be described as a government that is totally and completely out of control and basically being run by legislators with tunnel vision?
A week or so ago the U.S. House passed H.R. 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance and they thought they did a terrific job. If you take a quick look at the bill, you’ll agree – it has some excellent points in it, until you read the fine print in lines 18, 19 and 20 of TITLE III – BALANCE, SEC. 301, which reads as follows:
“…, and requires that tax increases be approved by a two-thirds vote in both Houses of Congress for their ratification”
In other words, the current tax rates in the U.S., which include all the tax cuts passed during the Bush administration, would remain in effect until such time as an increase is approved by 2/3 of both houses of Congress if this bill had been passed by both houses and signed into law.
We cannot even get a 2/3 vote from one house, much less a 2/3 vote from both houses on the same bill!
Are you really willing to allow our country to go straight down the tubes so the ultra-rich, big business and oil companies can be subsidized with money you pay in taxes?
We allowed Tea Party candidates to slither into office because we were appalled that President Bush used up every penny of the deficit surplus, as far as the eye could see, left by President Clinton while adding an additional $5.4 trillion to the national debt, provided us with loss of 3.6 million jobs in his final full year in office  , gave us the Great recession and two wars without end.
Is it any wonder we wanted something different? Well we’ve had seven months of ‘different’ and it is now time for Tea Party Republicans who do not want to negotiate for the good of the country to step aside and let the real legislators get their jobs done.
Communicate your thoughts on this subject to your elected officials.
© 2011 Patricia L Johnson and Richard E Walrath