"The White House encourages congressional leaders to reach a major deficit-reduction deal by offering them a little more time, as President Obama says he's open to a short-term deal if Congress can reach a 'significant' debt plan before deadline."
(Headline:"Obama Open To Short-Term Debt Deal," Fox News, July 21 2011)
As Treasury Department officials say that Congress must boost the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling before August 2, or the government will run out of cash to pay its bills, politicians are "making deals." And, many lawmakers say they will not vote to increase the debt cap without a significant deficit-reduction plan.
Does anyone else abhor the idea of "dealing" toward solutions? I know "a deal" in political terms can mean a workable compromise, but shouldn't matters of national importance demand upfront bipartisan teamwork, not horse trading tactics, to accomplish ends that benefit constituents, Democrat and Republican alike?
The selfish wranglings of politicians often defy reason. When citizens want answers to their problems in a timely fashion, politicians often ignore requests for concord and resort to throwing hissy fits to secure party interests. Why? That answer is simple: They exist to be re-elected.