“Get Things Done” is not the Same as “Achieving a Compromise that Solves Nothing”
From Politico: The President said:
“With a recovery that’s still fragile and isn’t producing all the jobs we need, the last thing we can afford is the usual partisan game-playing in Washington.
“I know we can do this. We can meet our fiscal challenge. That’s what the American people sent us here to do. They didn’t send us here to kick our problems down the road. That’s exactly what they don’t like about Washington. They sent us here to work together. They sent us here to get things done.”
Mr. President, we didn’t send members of the Senate to Washington to dither over a budget for over 800 days. We sent new members to Congress to pass a budget and work out any remaining issues with the Senate via the normal process of votes and conference committee deliberations, mostly in the open, so that the American people would know what was going on.
We also did not send our Representatives and Senators to Washington to play an annual edition of “Let’s Make a Deal” where the tax code and the budget are thrown together with advantages for one group over another, or penalties for one reason or another.
We did send you all to Washington to represent us and carry out the governance of our country at the federal level. We sent our elected officials to Washington after the November elections with a very clear message from the majority of us:
- Stop the out of control spending that is burdening our country for decades ahead.
- Stop the insane regulation of health care known as Obamacare, with its myriad rules and penatiles that seem to find new crises to “fix” with every passing day. If this was the best legislation that you could come up with, it needs to be repealed now before it causes even greater harm. To use the President’s favorite analogy, if this were an automobile, it would have been recalled off the market months ago.
- Develop a rational, simple and fair tax system that is not a haven for social engineering, business subsidies and special interest pandering.
So far, the only elected officials that have followed the instructions of the American people are the Congressional Republicans. They worked on and passed a budget in plenty of time to be considered and debated in the Senate — but thus far, the Senate has failed to act.
So we find ourselves watching the drama surrounding the debt ceiling. Once again, the House Republicans are accomplishing the interests of the American people by holding the line on future debt explosions, while House and Senate Democrats are deploying lies and half truths about what the impact of the debt vote is.
Yes, Mr. President, the elected officials in Washington can work together to get things done very simply: listen to the overwhelming majority of the country that wants us to head back to fiscal sanity, smaller government and less government regulation. Produce the necessary bills that accomplish that, and the need for compromise would seem to disappear.
There should be no need to “compromise” on delivering the goods to the American people. This should be easy. It only gets hard when those that insist that some of their desires (more spending for any number of social justice causes, for example) must be the price for their vote.
We did not send our elected officials to bargain and bully in order to get what they think will give them political support for the next election. We sent them there to do the right thing.
The nation’s future is hanging in a precarious state. Public servants should be serving the public and making the right decisions — less spending, pro growth and smaller government.
One Last Thought: “The notion that the recovery is not producing the number of jobs we need” is a remark that says more than it intended….once again, the President seems to suggest that the primary purpose of jobs is to produce sufficient tax revenue for the health of the government. We are not servants of the state — We, The People, consent to be governed by the system outlined in the Constitution, “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” — not “provide revenue to the Treasury.” Perhaps the recovery is working backwards because the administration is thinking backwards on this point.