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Politicians don't serve the community. They serve themselves. They have perks and privileges that they would never extend to the people they put in office. They zip around in limos and spend their evenings at the Capitol Grille amidst high-priced call girls being wined and dined by lobbyists. They constantly seek their own glory in their pursuit of sound bites on the evening news. And they govern badly. Very badly.
The fiasco with the debt limit is just the latest example. The hang-up is what got us into the present difficulties in the first place. Washington doesn't vote on the merits of legislation. Instead, they vote for your project if you'll vote for theirs. You "buy" your vote for a boondoggle waste of tax payer funds by promising to vote for their "bridge to nowhere." And so it goes. Today the increase in the debt limit, which failure could lower our debt rating and scare our creditors, is hung up by other legislation which includes features extremists in both parties refuse to accept.
Warren Buffett has said there shouldn't even be a debt limit, and he is right. The problem is that we are dealing with egotists who use the debt limit as a prop to express their outrage at the wasteful spending in Washington as they go about business as usual. And so we have it - a stalemate that could potentially cost the country dearly.
Let's increase the debt limit. Do what it takes. Even if it takes the President invoking the 14th amendment. Then take up the issue of taxation and spending. Let's try something different - let's try responsible governing.