A permanent cure is needed for U.S. gridlock

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 17, 2013 - 6:21 PM

Much-ballyhooed deal sets up another impasse in early 2014.

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samreichOct. 17, 13 6:46 PM

Since section 4 the 14th amendment to the constitution says lawful debts of government will be paid and section 5 says Congress will make provision to to that: Someone should try get a court order before instructing congress to fund all active laws and and programs and repeal any they do not want is they have the support to the repeal. Their shenanigans are illegal is the sabotage of government. If we are to have majority rule by laws all in government should be dedicated to carting out the active laws in a timely manor. They may speech about what do not like and try to have some repealed. But while a law is active it should be executed with as much speed and efficiency as possible. Allowing workers to not executed their function is the way to get an organization to stop. ONce a plan is agreed upon it must be acted on if there are problems the plan changed.

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farcicalOct. 17, 13 7:49 PM

Here's where people get confused...the Constitution obligates the government to pay all debts. That's simple. The debt ceiling is the established limit (by Congress) of how much can actually be borrowed. This recent fiasco was simply a play by Teapublicans to, once again, make the President look bad to the world (as our visible Head of State) and try to defund what is already law (ACA). The US would have paid what had already been borrowed, but been prevented from borrowing more to keep the lights on. The government collects taxes throughout the year, but it is not a constant, steady stream. Meanwhile, costs ARE steady and consistent, so the govt must borrow in order to pay them now. US Bonds are still the safest investment (with the lowest interest, of course) out there. Take a guess at who would have benefited from a lower US rating (therefore HIGHER interest rates)? Big investors...like banks. The large ones. And wealthy people with the time and resources to float the govt a loan. This entire "crisis" was manufactured by demagogues (especially Cruz) more interested in personal political gain the benefit of the nation as a whole.

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jd55604Oct. 17, 13 7:52 PM

Gridlock keeps bad laws from being passed. With gridlock, only laws that have overwhelming public support get passed. If we had more of this we wouldn't have to live in a country with tens of thousands of tedious and obscure federal laws.

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goferfanzOct. 17, 13 7:56 PM

The beauty of it all, and the massive leading in this editorial, is that the House faces complete and total elections every two years. He who runs the House has the pulse very much on the electorate, because every member is on the ballot every two years. One can whine about the House actions, but the House cant hide from the voters. I agree with the editorial, with Obama lashing out again today likely means January will get very ugly, very quickly. A President and Senate who take the "we dont negotiate" strategy should tread lightly. The 80 GOP'ers may not be so charitable this winter........

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jd55604Oct. 17, 13 8:29 PM

farcical: "Take a guess at who would have benefited from a lower US rating (therefore HIGHER interest rates)? Big investors...like banks. The large ones. And wealthy people with the time and resources to float the govt a loan.".......As our debt ceiling keeps being raised year after year the rating agencies will continue to lower our bond ratings for us with or without a default.

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briechersOct. 17, 13 8:31 PM

A permanent fix...an amendment to the constitution creating spending limits as a percentage of GNP. A majority can spend 20% of GNP, 55% vote can spend 21%, 60% can spend 22%, 65% can spend 23%, 70% can spend 24% and 75% has no limits. Done...any other problems that you want me to look into?

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mdachsOct. 17, 1310:15 PM

jd55604 made a great point - gridlock keeps bad laws from being passed. Also, whether at the state level or federal level, most laws either spend money or require the spending of money ("mandates"), so, in my view, gridlock helps to keep government spending down. What's not to like about that?

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kleindropperOct. 17, 1310:26 PM

The best way to end gridlock is to dissolve Congress and declare a dictator for life! They don't have any gridlock in Cuba and China!

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erikj3Oct. 17, 1310:29 PM

Don't elect Republicans. Problem solved!

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bogie246Oct. 17, 1310:42 PM

The approval rating of the entire congress is single digit. Yet the approval rating of each individual congressman is over 50 %. So who is in a stronger position? Each individual congressman and the total congress or Obama? Congress will prevail.

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