When I was growing up one of the things I enjoyed about summer was TV re-runs. I could catch up on missed episodes of my favorite programs, particular The Twilight Zone and Star Trek (the original) and watch the best episodes again.
TV doesn’t operate that way anymore. But the U.S. Congress does. In fact, it has re-runs all year round. Right now, we’ve witnessing the re-run of another economic “crisis” manufactured by the inability of the power parties to avoid the sequestration of Defense Department funds which will supposedly occur if they don’t reach an agreement over the extension of tax cuts.
“Some members of Congress are anxious to undo sequestration, ignoring the inconvenient fact that they created the process in the first place,” writes Christopher Preble in Cato@Liberty. “Instead of accepting responsibility, they are proposing legislation that would force the White House to outline the effects of the cuts. And people wonder why Congress’s approval rating is at an all-time low.”
Sen. Patty Murray says Democrats won’t agree to a deal that “throws the middle-class families under the bus.” They want the wealthy to pay their “fair share.”
Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell replies that Democrats are playing “a high-stakes game of chicken with the single-minded goal of taking more money from the people who earn it for the government to waste.”
It is disgrace that exchanges of fear-mongering clichés like this are what poses as political discourse in the Congress today. Both major parties ought to be ashamed of themselves, but unfortunately, they lack the underpinning of a moral belief system needed in order to feel shame.
For the record, I agree with Mr. Preble’s title: Let sequestration happen. It’s not the best way to cut the bloated defense budget, but it appears it’s the only way it can happen.