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Crisis management

How Congress is choosing to go about its business these days can only be described as by “crisis management.”

Although it is probably unrealistic to expect the federal government to run without a hitch, the tug of war between Congress, particularly the Republican-controlled House, and the White House has left Americans exasperated and weary.

And now it’s going to leave us in the lurch.

With automatic budget cuts looming Friday — an $85 billion reduction that will leave the nation’s pocketbooks slashed — there is little actual movement toward avoiding this latest fiscal cliff.

Apparently, both “sides” continue to think that playing the political blame game is the proper strategy.

But playing to the microphones does absolutely nothing to come to short-term or long-term sensible approaches to debts, deficits and spending.

How did we get so far from what the Founding Fathers envisioned in coming together under the cause of uniting the 13 colonies as one nation? And even in those hectic and dangerous times, when people were putting their lives on the line for liberty, they could never have fathomed the sort of dysfunction in the running of a system of government we are seeing now.

And through the intervening years, despite wars with other nations, economic woes, social strife and even a Civil War, members of Congress, with all their differences, never totally lost sight of the fact that they were elected to represent and serve ALL their fellow Americans.

How can avoiding acting to dodge draconian cuts that will affect programs and services that Americans use on a daily basis be defended? The cuts that will take place Friday will impact everything from air traffic control and food safety inspections to the amount of aid the states use for public schools to loans through the Small Business Administration. Working Americans across the economic sectors will be faced with furloughs or outright job loss.

Too many House Republicans, however, are willing to say that because the medicine tastes bad doesn’t mean it isn’t good for you. And too many House Democrats are taking the line that letting the cuts take place will show the GOP in a bad light and help them gain seats in the next election.

But if, in fact, some 750,000 jobs are lost because of this political gamesmanship, Americans should remember to give Congress — both parties — a taste of its own medicine next year.

This sort of foolishness has got to end.

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