As it seems the party is weaning out any right-centered components to their recently debunked fiscal plan with overwhelming losses in the 2012 elections, now is a time more than ever when both parties need to seek a middle ground.
Congress has just returned to Washington from a week-long vacation, and it was reported that the two parties have yet to even begin talks about “the sequester,” a quickly approaching $85 billion budget cut to all federal programs except Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
While originally deigned as a method of creating round-table discussions and governmental compromise, the 5 percent across-the-board cut to schools, law enforcement and a number of public service agencies have become a real threat.
Is there any hope for a middle ground? Or will a political standoff allow the deadline for these devastating reductions, scheduled to go into effect on Friday, approach and hit like the debt standoff and downgrade of 2011?
President Barack Obama continues to stand his ground over his request for additional tax reform to solve the dilemma, soon followed by House Speaker John Boehner’s pull on the thinly stretched rope back to the right, saying, “…you got your tax increase. It’s time to cut spending.”
While it is a clichéd request to ask the sides to just “get along,” when further cuts to needed programs and a wavering middle class is struggling to stay afloat, the least we can ask from our representatives is to come to some kind of table, if not to agree, at least they can say they tried.
If even just a few Republicans come together on issues like Proposition 8, and if there are Democrats against gun control, there should be room for negotiation over issues that will more broadly affect our social order.