Shutdown of the federal government

October 16, 2013

A few thoughts on the shutdown of the federal government:

First off, we agree something has to be done beyond extending the debt limit every six months or once a year to avert the United States eventually reaching a Greece-style financial crisis.

Second, neither side has the high road, nor the time, to be bickering and looking for political victory.

The executive branch — the White House — does have to respond with something beyond “we won’t negotiate” when the people’s house — Congress — has a problem with the way things are going.

Congress also needs to recognize that “My way or the highway” doesn’t work when the gamesmanship is with the standing of the nation in the world’s eye.

A default on debt would be a disaster, and it does not solve the avertable — if painfully so — crisis looming beyond the next political kicking of the can down the road. …

With approval ratings possibly in the negative numbers for Congress and falling for the president, it’s time for Washington to wake up and act before what little faith people have in their government is gone.

— Steubenville Herald-Star