We’re being told now that it is unlikely Congress will reach agreement on a budget and we’re facing a government shutdown on Friday.
Seriously? We elected these people to conduct the country’s business and instead of doing it, they sit there arguing like children playing “gotcha last,” trying to shoot down each other’s favorite programs, elevate their own, and put a stake in the heart of the other party, all while keeping their eyes on the next election.
Sure, budgeting in hard times is tough. But most folks in America do it every day. And they do it without being able to raise their debt ceilings. With bills looming and creditors at the door, most of them manage to cut their spending somewhere, somehow, and make it through to next month or next year.
Washington politicians are perfectly capable of doing the same thing. Not doing it is simply childish and irresponsible. If they can’t agree on what to cut, maybe they should just cut, say, 10% across the board. No sacred cows, nothing off the table. Cut foreign aid, cut defense, cut education, cut public works, cut Medicare and Medicaid — cut them all by the same percentage.
And if they still can’t agree, there’s always the purely random, guaranteed nonpartisan coin flip. Heads, cut foreign aid. Tails, cut defense. It makes at least as much sense as what they’re doing now.
Assuming, of course, that they can agree on whose coin to use and whether it’s a single flip or the best two out of three. Or three out of five. Or …