Good decisions usually come from having accurate facts from which to work. Unfortunately, not only are the facts and figures jumbled by ongoing partisan politics, but the people have no real voice in the matter. We will all either benefit, or bear the brunt of the consequences, from decisions made by a few who may or may not represent the many.
When both houses are log-jammed on issues with long-term implications like health care and the debt ceiling, perhaps it's time to find out what the people want. If television shows like "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice" can tap into the public's opinion, why not government?
The key, though, comes back to one thing: having accurate facts. So, what about extending the debt ceiling for a few weeks and easing the financial pressures and confusion? Have a live televised debate between John Boehner and Harry Reid with a nonpartisan moderator who can dig into the primary issues and get to what really divides them. Not the surface issues, not the hidden issues and not the grandstanding. Then, let Americans weigh in via the Internet and phone lines. That way, it's not a poll driven by some right- or left-leaning organization, but a real-time temperature of the people.
We have the technology to get it done, but more important, we have the sense of urgency that demands it get done.
Upper St. Clair
First Published October 13, 2013 8:00 PM