Few should disagree that the 112th Congress is now embarking on what may be gridlock so severe that the nation may be seriously damaged. The economy is still shaky and on the knife-edge of either recovery or a double-dip recession, and the nation’s infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and dams are in terrible shape. Despite all this Senator McConell, R-KY has openly announced that the GOP’s principal goal is to repeal every initiative the president has achieved and to deny him a second term. All else is subordinate to that.
On the house side most Tea Party Republicans have vowed to reduce spending even if it means that the US government defaults on its debts, meaning treasury notes and the like. The result of this, in the words of one official, would be calamitous.
Now, into this fray of inane partisanship comes the fourth estate in the form of USA Today newspaper, a publication that has won my admiration over the last year for its balanced opinions and aggressive reporting. When it was first founded some feared that its lean style would result in superficial coverage and shallow thinking. Instead, in my opinion, it has become a top source for reliable and interesting news and information that affects all Americans, a source which, while differing in subject
matter from the WSJ, equals that publication in reliability and quality. I find its material pithy, broad in coverage, thought-provoking and balanced.
In its editorial today (1/5/2010), USA Today lists “5 questions for 112th Congress”. I summarize:
- If not ObamaCare, what?
- Where to cut spending?
- What about taxes?
- Will Congress change?
- Room for cooperation?
These basic questions have been debated over the past months in these blog pages with greatly varied opinions but equally shared alarm by myself, Anson Burlingame and R. Duane Graham among others. USA Today has answers which, in my opinion, make a world of sense and I found nothing in them with which to disagree. The editorial is a virtual roadmap to progress in a time of great political instability. With this paean I heartily recommend it to all. If you find disagreement with its recommendations I challenge you to do any better.
Thank you, USA Today! Whether in paper or online, our form of government could not survive without the likes of you!