What are we listening to anyway? Two political parties arguing over increasing taxes or reducing the deficit, both without regard for the public's own intelligence. Perhaps we deserve it. Sound bites, commentaries and speculation abound, many full of bluster and lacking substance. Are we like Shakespeare's Macbeth who, when faced with disaster, orders banners to be hung outside of his castle, then declares that life is, "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Is that what we are now faced with, a tale told by idiots, and signifying nothing?
Stash the rhetoric and grandstanding. We deserve unbiased information to support steps needed to responsibly address the deficit. Accountability is key to the success of any business, so why give government a pass? If a Fortune 500 company faces financial difficulties, they often call in unbiased consulting firms to separate the wheat from the chaff. Yet, throughout the last year, not once have I heard either political party suggest that an outside firm be called in to review the current situation and make a recommendation to Congress. Should we continue to allow ourselves to be subjected to tales of woe and speculative outcomes, amplified by hyperbole and suspect facts?
Our representatives should stop hanging their political agendas off of Washington's doorposts and instead, invite in experts who can advise them, and us, on what course of action should be debated with some solid facts to define where we go from here.
Upper St. Clair