Accountability and Sequestration

I was in my car Saturday morning when I heard a news report that confirmed what we knew would happen. The president signed the sequestration order that we knew was coming.

In his speech, he stated that “… Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit.”

Sequestration was a concept created to drive collaboration. It was meant to be the least palatable outcome in a scenario like this.

There is no “we” in the President’s statement. No sense that “We, those who are responsible to the American people, are failing them.”

We are, and continue to be, a great country. But right now, I can only be disappointed by the lack of leadership in our government. And in this case, I am not talking about only the President, I mean all those elected who have a responsibility to us. The Senate, in particular, needs to get past the problems they have inherited, the House needs to stop saying “but we send good bills to the Senate, they just aren’t acting on them,” and they need to figure it out. You asked for our votes, now do the work.

In the workplace, we call it “accountability”.

I sure would like to hear more “we” and less “they” from our elected officials.

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