>Baker City Herald | Baker County Oregon's News Leader

Baker news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow BakerCityHerald.com

Baker City Herald print edition

view all Baker City Herald print publications »

The Baker City Herald is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Opinion arrow Editorials arrow Recognizing reality


Recognizing reality

We understand that several dozen Republicans were elected last November to the House of Representatives in part because they pledged to pursue fiscal sanity in the Capitol.

We recognize too that those lawmakers don’t want to appear, in the eyes of their constituents, as spineless sellouts less than a year later by voting to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.

Yet politicians, in common with everyone else, must eventually concede to reality.

And part of that reality is that Congress will increase the debt ceiling, as it has done 78 times since 1960 and as it must do again now to avoid worsening the already severe economic crisis.

Yet if too many of these dogged Republicans continue to defy that truth, they might well end up ensuring that the country — and more to the point their supporters — are saddled with a deal far worse than the compromise that is today ripe for the taking.

Making a bad situation worse is a reality every politician understands implicitly.

So far, 38 Republicans in the House have signed a pledge to oppose any increase in the debt ceiling that doesn’t include a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.

That amendment is not going to happen.

The votes aren’t there.

You don’t have to like it. We don’t like it. But that’s the reality.

So what are the alternatives?

Well, the essential question we put to recalcitrant Republicans is this: Will you, and the people who sent you to Washington, D.C., be happier with a deal designed by House Speaker John Boehner, or one endorsed by his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi?

Questions don’t get much easier than that one.

Boehner’s proposal would result in about $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. That’s not all guaranteed, of course — the next Congress could cancel what this one does.

But the Speaker’s plan would at least lock in cuts during the next two fiscal years.

Any other compromise that has a realistic chance of getting through Congress this year almost certainly would raise the debt limit even higher, and include tax increases that the GOP abhors.

Look, we admire tenacity in politicians. And we support the GOP’s effort to lasso the federal largesse.

But that worthwhile goal is sure to slip away if the Republicans’ stubbornness hands the rope to President Obama and the Democrats.


blog comments powered by Disqus
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Submit News
Editorials / Letters / Columns / Submit a letter
Outdoors / Go Magazine / Milestones / Living Well
Baker Herald
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / Commenting Policy / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Videos / Local Business Links / Community Links / Weather and Road Cams / RSS Feed

Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2016 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use