30 July 2011 - Stop the Games, Get Down to Business

The purpose of this commentary is not to totally condemn the President of the United States or every member of Congress because over the years, as a media person, I have interviewed many of them and found most of them to be honest, hard working people who have their ideas of how the business of the country should be conducted.

But there are times when I question their judgement and their qualifications to run the business of the United States and this is one of those times. The recent debate over the debt ceiling is a prime example. I don’t know about you but I am so tired of seeing the Speaker of the House and the President of the United States appearing on television on an almost daily basis to, as they say, explain why they are doing what they are doing, but instead attacking the opposition and not offering any ideas or compromise to find a solution.

Whether it is Republican or Democrat, that is the direction it has been going in this ongoing debate that would be almost laughable if it weren’t so serious. One thing that comes through loud and clear to me is, very few members of Congress have ever owned or operated a business or a farm because if they did, they would have a better understanding of economics. They would know you cannot spend more money than the business generates and stay in business very long. But in Congress, the thinking is totally different. If Congress spends more money than taxes generate, it simply raises the debt ceiling and prints more money. It has been doing that for a decade and that is why our debt is at a level we can’t even comprehend. But we do know that eventually we, and our children and grandchildren, will have to pay the bill.

Another personal observation...candidates generally campaign on a platform of change to improve the well-being of the country and its citizens, but when elected their mind-set seems to change. They decide they want to make a life-long career in Congress and will do whatever it takes to reassure re-election. Maybe it is time for term limits!

I do know it is time to stop the game-playing on Capitol Hill before the uncertainty throws the global economy into another tailspin. During the August recess when members return to the home district to visit county and state fairs and hometown festivals, take the time to tell them you have had enough of their childish antics in the halls of Congress.

My thoughts on Samuelson Sez.