To the Editor,
The American people decided to give Barack Obama, the Senate Democrats, and the House Republicans a second chance. Now that they have all been sworn into office, it is time for them to get to work.
Over the last four years, both sides in Washington have played games, they have created crisis upon crisis to try to one up their opponents, all the while continuing to ignore the most pressing issues that face the American people. Most recently, in a lame duck session of Congress, after the President was securely voted into a second term, they created a lot of hype over what was called a “fiscal cliff.”
Now you may not know this, but this crisis was actually created by a series of deals they made over the last two years. In the ultimate deal that was passed to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” taxes went up on all Americans earning a paycheck (after the President and Democrats promised not to let that happen for anyone making under $250,000 a year), sequestration cuts that were kicked down the road, and nothing was done to curb the overspending problem.
Americans are tired of being jerked around and they are ready for Washington to make serious steps to solving our financial problems. Over the next 3 months the debt ceiling, sequestration cuts, an expiring continuing resolution, and an annual budget all have to be addressed.
So how do we approach these critical issues? First, we called for Members of Congress to hold town hall meetings the last week in January when they are back home in their districts. A recent Rasmussen poll showed that 62 percent of Americans want to see spending cuts across the board. The American people deserve to be a part of this conversation and the members of Congress should give them the opportunity to discuss the critical votes that lie ahead.
Second, we are calling for the President and the House Republicans to uphold promises that they made over the last four years. The President in 2008 promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. The Republicans in the House vowed to cut $100 billion in real spending after gaining a majority in the 2010 midterm elections. Both of those promises were broken and since the American people have given the President and the Congress a second chance, it is time to make good on those promises.
Finally, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than 1,360 days. All Americans should be outraged by this. The Senate must pass a budget now. These are just baby steps in the giant mountain that we have to climb to overcome our debt problems, but they are responsible places to start. After all, the President himself has recently been calling for a responsible approach to solving our problems, so let’s hold him to his word.
Velvet Shelton Cowan