A week ago I delivered an editorial on our federal government shutting down and pointed out the havoc this would cause our country home and abroad. Certainly these issues were not lost on our Democratic and Republicans leaders in Washington – right? Well here we are a week later and surprise, surprise – the government is still shut down and we are now approaching another troubling circumstance … the United States defaulting on its payment obligations because we don't have enough cash to pay our bills and have yet to raise the already monstrous debt ceiling about the current 16.7 trillion.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew put it this way recently on NBC's Meet the Press,"We're on the verge of going to a place we've never been, not having cash to pay our bills. Even getting close to the line is dangerous." This would be the first time our country could not meet its financial obligations in 225 years.
What our country is all sitting witness to is called political brinkmanship. The Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington are each seeking an advantage by creating the impression that each side is willing and able to push a highly dangerous situation (government shutdown and debt ceiling) to the limit rather than concede. But, while this political game is being played our country and government is looking foolish at best and dysfunctional at worst around the world.
We must do better, we can do better and we expect our leaders to figure it out and work it out … now. Sit down, compromise, stop the threats and begin to formulate and implement solutions. Your country is counting on you.
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