Who should give in?
Many people believe that our federal government is broken and that’s why we are heading over the fiscal cliff. In fact, our government is working just as the framers of the Constitution designed. They designed a system of checks and balances where one branch of government could not impose power and authority on another with the exception of veto by the President and override by Congress.
So if the president wants one thing, but Congress wants another, neither can automatically win. Therefore, compromise is required.
So the real question is, “Who should give in?” Did, in fact, President Obama get a mandate with his small-percentage win? He campaigned on raising taxes and won. However 241 Republican members of the House of Representatives, a majority, campaigned on not raising taxes and they all won during the same election. So who’s promise is more important? Why are the Republicans automatically the bad guys if they aren’t willing to break their promise?
Their vow to constituents is just as binding. I would remind the members of Congress that the president cannot run for re-election, but most of you will.
Congress should pass a budget as they see fit. Let the president sign or not. If he doesn’t, we’ll see if Congress has enough guts to override the veto. Will Rogers said it best: “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
Mark F. Gibson