Meredith Bagby: Throw the Bastards Out: Our Politicians Fail Us on the Debt Ceiling
Most Americans came home Monday night after a long day at work to find President Obama preempting their favorite TV shows. Having reached an impasse with the Congress over raising the debt ceiling, Obama took his case took his case to the American people. This is not the first time the president has reached out to us in the face of partisan stalemate. With this Congress, it is won't be the last.
Like most Americans, I am frustrated by the debate over the debt ceiling. I am irate at the Tea Party for creating the crisis in the first place by linking debt default to deficit reduction. I am perplexed by House leader John Boehner for being unable to control his ranks to bring the freshman agitators to the negotiating table. I am disappointed that the Democrats (and Obama) did not preemptively deal with the debt at a time when they controlled both houses of Congress.
For months, the failure of leadership has been plentiful. And now, in our in final days, compromise is scarce.