Welcome to the Senate.
It ain't easy, is it?
Here's the thing you need to know. Right now, you are probably telling yourself you need to be reasonable. You are probably telling yourself you need to cut a deal.
I'm willing to bet you are telling yourself you should do something short term and in six more months or whenever, after everything has calmed back down, revisit the issue.
Senators, you are fooling yourselves. And I bet you know it.
We have had, in the past 30 years, 17 deficit commissions. After almost each one, taxes have gone up, but the spending cuts have never happened.
Republicans before you have been quite reasonable. So reasonable in fact that the country is on the verge of bankruptcy.
And each time, they've gotten to the breaking point and decided, "let's just do something to get us some breathing room and revisit it again in a few months."
If you don't fight, if you decide to take deal, make a compromise, or "let cooler heads prevail" at some point in the future, you'll be no better than those who got us to this point. You will become them.
You went to Washington because Washington is broken. Pay very careful attention to the choices you are about to make. Because I suspect many of you are about to make the same choices the people before you who broke the system made. Don't let fear, uncertainty, and market upset govern your decision making processes.
The only way out of this mess is to think different — to actually care enough to fight.