Another dismal failure. It's time to throw up our hands and admit the Congress is entirely incapable of accomplishing anything.
With the latest collapse of the so-called "Super Congress," which was charged with the task of finding a reasonable way to enact some deficit reduction for the U.S. budget, we now know for sure we have people in office who are skilled at raising money and fomenting discord, but they have no clue how to do any real work.
But the job was so hard, members of Congress wail. It was an insurmountable task, they complain.
Let's put it in perspective. Congress was told to come up with $1.2 trillion in budget balancing -- over the next 10 years. That's $120 billion per year, which sounds like a lot, but we're talking here about 2 percent of the federal budget.
How many of us would find such a task insurmountable? Surely none of us, because we're all faced with harsh realities like job cuts, pay freezes, skyrocketing gasoline and heating bills, and rising food costs.
Anyone who finds it impossible to identify 2 percent in spending cuts in the federal government -- or anyone who is so stubborn they're unwilling to consider sun-setting tax shelters to solve the problem -- isn't trying to govern. They're trying to grandstand.
Both sides will now ignore their duties and appeal to voters. "Give us absolute power and we'll fix everything for you," is what we will hear for the next 12 months until we have an election. And when that election produces more split government, all eyes will turn to 2014 as the date at which the next debate begins.
The truth is no one -- no one -- in Congress deserves to keep their jobs. They're so under the thumb of Washington lobbyists and special interest groups they have no interest in representing us.
We desperately need a third party in this country. One that seeks sane, thoughtful solutions.
What a concept!
The Pioneer Journal editorial represents the collective voice of the paper's editorial board. Today's editorial was written by Steve Schulz, editor and publisher.