With congress in recess, and thousands of safety and construction employees left behind and out of work, it's hard to buy that the current congress is really focused on creating new American jobs. The short and long term impacts are enormous. Out of work FAA workers, loans unable to get paid, people going into deeper debt, industries and children of those workers suffering. Potential loss of healthcare, retirement savings, etc.
To me this reflects a greater problem in Washington than even this specific FAA situation, but a broader lack of imagination in congress. Our elected leaders seem to see things in black and white. One way or the other. But, in reality, government, taxes, and infrastructure require a comprehensive approach. If you lose FAA workers and safety, what's next? You just pick the airline with the least crashes per year? Or a cut down FDA? Make note of the recent massive Cargill recall of ground turkey. Just eat the food that kills the least per year.
We may need to smarter about our budget, and yes Republicans and Democrats should agree that certain programs that clearly don't work need to go. But some programs also don't work because they've never been funded in the first place. There needs to be an overall understanding that government oversight can fuel industry in the right amount and with proper implementation, and that in other areas loosening the markets and allowing more unregulated activity is the way to go. It's not one or the other. There is no such thing as for or against taxes. For or against this idea of "big government." A government should be the size it needs to be. We should make sure it is able to keep up with the size of the economy. Obviously a bigger economy has a bigger government. You live on a farm in Minnesota, maybe you need the same kind of infrastructure projects as someone in New York City who wants to know the building they're working isn't going to randomly fall apart. It's time congress grow up and understand that the future of this economy requires real work. Looking at each aspect of our government one by one, deciding what should be cut, revised, or funded more. I feel like the congressional approach to the economy is to prescribe a snake oil cure all solution. It's either taxes and government are the problem, or lack of government is the problem. In reality, like a good doctor would realize, you treat each problem differently.
We don't want to attack our economic and debt situation with a sledgehammer. We need a scalpel.