Very Small Democrats
There is Congressional agreement on a temporary debt limit1 to keep the government going and a much needed flood relief bill to respond to the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey in and around Houston, Texas.
But the Democrats touting this as a win for their side, against the Republicans? There is nothing good in that! And talk radio pundits talking-up the Democrat's one-upmanship does nothing for our republic.
Separate announcements, first the Democrats, then the Republicans; on the same subject, only illustrates the divide that separates the parties.
As the agreement on the debt ceiling and flood relief are really for the benefit of the American people, it would have been nice if our two major parties had seen it that way. A joint announcement would have been so much more positive.
Americans need to see a government working together for the good of the American people. Government is not the same as combative events where opponents are interviewed separately to ensure new physical hostilities do not ensue. The public needs to see the example of competing parties coming together for the country.
All parts of our government must begin to act responsibly and provide some assurance to the American public that the American experiment2 lives. If not, as members of Congress constantly rally their partisans, we might find the discord in Congress spilling from its legislative container and manifesting itself in a grand rebellion.
1 The debt limit is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments. The debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.
Failing to increase the debt limit would have catastrophic economic consequences. It would cause the government to default on its legal obligations -- an unprecedented event in American history. That would precipitate another financial crisis and threaten the jobs and savings of everyday Americans, putting the United States right back in a deep economic hole, just as the country is recovering from the recent recession.
2. "No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) US President (1801-09), Letter to John Tyler Washington (28 Jun 1804)
Where do wars and
fights come from
among you? Do they
not come from your
pleasure that war in your members?
Psalm 133:1-2 (KJV)
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant
it is for brethren to
dwell together in unity!