- Posted December 10, 2013 by
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America, We Have a Deal
House Budget Committee Chairman Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington announced a few minutes ago that the Congressional Conference Committee has reached a compromise and produced a bipartisan budget deal for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and into 2015 which will, if passed by both chambers, avert another government shutdown.
America, we have a deal.
As a fiscal conservative is this a perfect budget? Absolutely not, it still leaves much to be desired.
As a fiscal liberal is this an ideal financial plan? Absolutely not, there is too much cutting and not enough revenue enhancement.
No one is getting everything wanted. But for Americans, both the man and woman on the street and for business, small and large, the certainty of having in place a real budget brings a certain confidence and peace of mind.
The uncertainty of whether the Congress would continue to lurch from crisis to crisis has been put to rest at least until after 2014 and the Mid-Term Elections. That certainty that government will function as it should with a specified spending and reduction in spending policy laid out in writing and controlled by the Legislative Branch, rather than left up to bureaucrats in the Executive Branch, will be a boost to the economy, in my opinion.
To think that a conference committee made up by members from both chambers and from both parties could find a way to come together for the greater good in the current political climate is in itself a miracle. Now is not the time to stop the common sense coming together, but rather a time to build on these elected officials finding a way to work together.
From the Cornfield, I call on legislators in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate to vote, "Aye", to this compromise plan.
It is time to put aside the rancor and digging in for the sake of digging in and do what is best for the nation - not an ideology nor for a party.