Last Sunday, the Post-Gazette's "Asides" editorial attempted to sum up the numerous moving parts of the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling debacle by blaming conservative members of Congress, namely Sen. Pat Toomey.
Specifically, the editorial attempted to indicate that Sen. Toomey was wrong in his thinking that government spending must be reined in and that increasing America's ability to incur debt should not be a procedural vote, as if it were a noncontroversial resolution.
Since January 2009, the national debt has more than doubled to $17 trillion. Each day Congress fails to eliminate wasteful spending practices and establish a long-term financial plan, this debt increases by billions of dollars. Yet the "Asides" editorial scoffs at facts like that in favor of measures that simply serve to "kick the can" to a later date. Is that responsible journalism?
Unless significant changes are set in place to reform our spending habits, our national debt and the mandatory costs associated with servicing it will become an unbearable albatross on our economy. For future generations' sake, I respect Sen. Toomey for taking the road less traveled in attempting to lessen our national debt and to address out-of-control spending habits that have been running amok in Washington for far too long. It's time for the PG to face the facts.