Submitted by Kelsey McLaughlin on February 19, 2013
THE COST OF GRIDLOCK:
Both sides of the aisle bear responsibility for the automatic spending cuts set to take place on March 1, writes Michael Gerson of The Washington Post
. The failure of the now-infamous Super Committee, made up of Democrats and Republicans, led to the sequester. While both parties agree the cuts will be painful, neither side is stepping up to lead. "The American political system is not designed for efficiency. But it presupposes deliberation and leadership. The serial abdication of both eventually has an economic and human cost," writes Gerson: Michael Gerson for The Washington Post: Washington’s vacation after an abdication
MORE POLARIZED CONGRESS?
Sen. Mike Johanns announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in 2014. As Damian Paletta notes, the exit of Johanns is adding to the list of lawmakers who have tried to reach across the aisle to create long-term solutions for the deficit. We need to change the culture of gridlock to give our lawmakers the opportunity to solve problems by working with the other side: Damian Paletta for The Wall Street Journal: Deficit Dealers Are Exiting Congress
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are planning to release a new deficit reduction plan, hoping to split the difference between the White House and congressional Republicans. The across-the-aisle pair proves that it is possible for Democrats and Republicans to come together to offer real solutions for America: Kevin Robillard for POLITICO: Report: New Alan Simpson-Erskine Bowles plan