Finally, Congress has completed its budget process without another government shutdown and raised the nation’s debt ceiling without seriously threatening default.
Budgetary gridlock in Washington has led to one crisis after another. It has weakened America’s economy, disgusted the public and damaged our international standing.
Those of us who work full time encouraging America to live within our means see a sharp contrast between many elected officials in Washington and the rest of America.
With the federal debt rapidly rising and elected officials repeatedly locked in partisan budget battles, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have once again presented the country with a more responsible path.
When faced with the numbers, most Americans know what needs to be done to stabilize the nation’s debt and they are willing to take on the shared sacrifice necessary. The protracted debate in Washington on whether we need more revenue or less spending is lost on most of us. We know we need both.
With the federal government running annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion, voters must demand realistic solutions from the candidates. However we choose to do it, we need to balance spending and revenue.
Within the space of just a few days, the national debt has topped $15 trillion — about $133,000 per taxpayer — and the congressional super committee failed in its effort to lower annual deficits and reduce the growth of the national debt.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A conservationist from Wyoming is the new Rocky Mountain regional director for the Concord Coalition.