America Held Hostage: Debt Talks Hijacked by Gang of Angry Children

For those who’ve thought that House Republicans’ actions these past several weeks bear a close resemblance to a two year-old’s tantrum, you should check out this Business Insider piece. It should serve as a reminder to Republicans that they can’t just throw a hissy fit when they don’t get absolutely everything their way. Instead of “storm[ing] off” and “forcing the US into default,” it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats to pass a long-term, balanced solution to reduce our deficit, pay our bills and give our economy the certainty it needs.

America cannot afford a GOP temper tantrum. The costs of default are too great.

Excerpts:

“But for some of the children in Congress, those gains aren't enough. They want... what they want.”

“And if they don't get it?”

“Well, then, they'll just throw a hissy fit and storm off, forcing the US into default.”

“Needless to say, this isn't admirable behavior. It's not leadership. It's not what the country needs as it struggles to find a way out of this mess. And it's certainly not something these Congress-folk should be commended for.”

“But the answer to our long term financial problems isn't to elect children. It's to elect adults, who can lead us out without clobbering the economy in the process.”

“Yes, the United States needs to focus on its long-term budget problem. Yes, it needs to cut spending. And, yes, the latest plans put forth by both parties probably don't cut spending enough.”

“But the United States also needs to be very careful about how and when it cuts this spending. It needs to cut spending in areas that many of the children blocking a debt deal consider sacrosanct (military, for example). And it also, almost certainly, needs to raise taxes--the mere mention of which makes the children start screaming and stomping their feet again.”

Being an adult means compromising as you strive to get what you want. It means working your way out of problems, not howling that everything must be the way you want it right now. In the case of the government leaders, it means doing the right thing, even if the right thing isn't exactly what your constituents want.”

“It's time for the children in Washington to grow up.”