Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff: Avoiding What Happened in 2011

     Now that we have all moved on from the 2012 election cycle, our government can get back to what they do best, stalemating.  In all seriousness our legislators need to come up with a vision as how to avoid the much anticipated fiscal cliff.  As this "cliff" approaches, Americans should not forget what happened over a year ago with the debt ceiling debacle.
     The President needs to take stronger measures of leadership this time around.  During the summer of 2011, many thought that the President should have issued an executive order as illustrated in the 14th amendment to issue more debt.  President Obama wanted a bipartisan deal rather than step in and issue an order himself.  Obama's desire for compromise between both sides is commendable but the fact is that each side was unwilling to meet half-way.  The country was, in a sense, held hostage for the interest of rich bureaucrats who were elected to legislate in our best interest.  The President must be more fierce this time around.  He has already issued a mandate regarding taxes which is subject to rebuttal in the house from Speaker Boehner and Rep. Ryan.
     Both houses of congress must agree in order to raise the debt ceiling but unfortunately for Americans at the time, they could not.  This led to extraordinary paranoia and anxiety for our already sputtering economy.  The grand solution that came out of this ordeal was to create a "super committee" of congressmen, chosen by members of congress.  This committee consisted of six democrats and six republicans with only one woman.  The committee had until Thanksgiving to cut $1.2 trillion dollars or more, or else there would be automatic defense and non defense cuts across the board.  The GOP was willing to "shut the government down."  They were demanding cuts to planned parenthood and did not want any automatic cuts to defense while democrats wanted to end oil subsidies and add revenue increases to help the middle class.
     Everyone was subject to countless campaign ads over the past six months about how each candidate will fight for your rights and help turn around the sluggish economy.  However it seems as if ideology and social issues are more important to these bureaucrats than doing their duty to constituents which is legislating.  Time and taxpayer money is wasted on debates on the floor of congress over planned parenthood, equal rights for women and homosexuals, and threatening to filibuster to halt proposed legislation.  For example, the Ryan budget outlines cuts to social security and medicare, cuts to planned parenthood, and tax breaks for millionaires.  There is no argument that something needs to be done in terms of our spending and achieving responsible cuts to our debt, but the solution should not place the burden back on the middle class and indigent.  We should try to be benevolent to our middle class who are the life-blood of our economy.
     As we approach the fiscal cliff we need bipartisan support in order to avoid automatic cuts which would be disastrous to us.  We do not want a repeat of 2011 with a haphazard solution because congress's deadlock is unbreakable.  No one wants to see sequestration take place which is why the onus should be more on the President this time around.  Without question he will be resisted from congress but he needs to act as the leader of the free world.  He has already had harsh words for those who have criticized his speculative appointment of Susan Rice.  President Obama has made history by winning the popular vote in two elections.  America has demonstrated their confidence in him and it is time congress shares that same notion to help get the nation on the right track.                   

1 comment:

  1. One can only hope that the President is not advised to hold Republicans "hostage" and allow us to plunge over the "fiscal cliff" so Democrats can blame the GOP and their obstructionist behavior. Winning the popular vote in two elections shows that the American people have faith in President Obama's policies. His insistence on governing in a bipartisan manner has been a hallmark of his administration. "Stalemate" as a word and a policy needs to be eliminated from today's political scene.

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