Congress faces challenges

Published 8:56am Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This week the lame duck Congress returns to Capitol Hill to divine a so-far elusive agreement to avoid an economically-damaging combination of automatic federal spending cuts and major tax increases scheduled effective January first. The president has an equal role in the challenging negotiations that lay ahead.  If we are to avoid the dreaded “fiscal cliff,” he must be willing to rise above the partisan politics that dominated his first term and make the greater interests of this nation his priority.

In the final weeks leading up to his re-election, President Obama stated he was committed to pursuing a “grand bargain” with Congress to resolve the looming one-two punch of deep and indiscriminate federal spending cuts and across-the-board tax increases that await with the coming new year. With Nov. 6 behind us and looming cuts just weeks away, there is no time for a political honeymoon. It’s time for his rhetoric to meet reality.

To be clear, there is no quick and easy fix to erase the national debt and jump start our economy.  It must be tackled on a number of fronts including targeted spending cuts, shoring up entitlements, instituting policies that promote economic growth and eliminating those that don’t, and by reforming our outdated and punitive tax code.

Reforming and simplifying the onerous tax code would generate economic growth, which in turn would also bolster federal revenues needed to pay down the deficit.

  • Longtime Democratic Voter

    Rep. Bonner: Please place the country ahead of politics and open your mind to negotiations with Democrats on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Party politics should not trump what is best for the nation and right now, the best thing for the nation is to reach an agreement raising taxes, fairly, on the wealthy while maintaining the Bush era tax cuts for the middle and lower class.

    You may not like the fact that President Obama won the election, however he did, twice. That translates to the country wanting his policies to be enacted especially raising taxes on the wealthy.

    It is your responsibility to represent your constituents and your constituents are not rich fat cats concerned about party politics. We are middle and lower class citizens interested in retaining the mortgage interest credit, the child care credit, the education credit, etc. We need these things so we can buy food, gas and pay bills. WE aren’t all Washington insiders with great health care and retirement packages unlike anything seen in the private sector, who make $200,000 or so every year.

    Help people by getting onboard with the majority of Americans and stop acting like a bunch of 10 year olds. I am sick of it as are many people in Alabama and we will not forget your continued support of outdated, proven policies that benefit only rich people like yourself. We will lead the country with our votes in 2014 if you can’t help lead the country in Congress now.

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