Sequestration, a word no one really used in everyday language, became common vocabulary the past few months because of the polarization of Congress. The U.S. Congress and the White House have gone punch for punch over this issue to the frustration of the people. Unlike an Ali-Frazier bout, though, most people have moaned and groaned because both sides danced around throwing soft, ineffectual jabs.
Now that March 1 has passed, we sit and look at what Congress has done. We watched this past week as Washington played hot potato with our county and the economy. Both sides argued the other side was the problem. Both sides said the other side wasn’t serious. Both sides took to the American people to voice their discontent. Yet, both sides are to blame.
Enough is enough.
The U.S. and its people are not amused by the blame game nor are the people happy with the threat of sequestration – or automatic spending cuts. Everyone agrees that there needs to be spending cuts, but not this way.
We watched this unfold in December as Congress threatened to shutdown the government. The American people were not happy. So, Congress pushed the problem down the road, just delaying the issue.
For the past couple of weeks Congressional leaders and President Obama stepped to podium to heed the importance of the issue at hand. But, it was no secret – the people knew. Yet, both sides bicker back and forth like children fighting over the last piece of candy.
When the leaders of this country decide to play games with education, Medicaid, Social Security, mental health programs, Meals on Wheels, children’s health, and the elderly’s health, the citizens become enraged.
Again, enough is enough.
The U.S. continues to sit around a mediocre 15th ranking in the world in education. Yet, our leaders threaten to let a five percent cut in education happen. Who are they threatening? This argument is fine when it affects the leaders – but these cuts affect the people. We preach that we are the best country in world, but we can’t even get John Boehner and President Obama on the same page.
Instead, Boehner stood at the microphone Tuesday to tell the Senate to “get off their ass” as though he hasn’t been on his for two years. The House, the Senate, and the White House seem to operating on different terms. Each blames another, then says the other isn’t serious. At this point, none of the branches look appealing.
This game that has been played before is nothing more than a ploy to prove who has the power. Democrats control the White House and the Senate; Republicans control the House. None can do anything important without the approval of the other two. So when we play partisan politics instead of representing the U.S., the only thing that is hurt is the U.S.
No wonder our educational system suffers. No wonder China hacks our computer systems. No wonder we have issues. We elect these people to represent the U.S. and hope they will help us become the best country in world. Instead, the U.S. watches as Washington plays with the country as though it were a child’s toy.
Enough is enough.