Today, political hardliners seem more callous than ever. They act like they would rather there be no government than a government that implements a legally voted piece of legislation -- the Affordable Care Act. It
We at POGO have committed our lives to our work because we believe in the value of good government. Every minute the government is shut down is another minute where public services, oversight, and accountability crumble.
The mentality of Tea Party Republicans that brought us to this debt crisis is the same one that exacerbates the climate crisis: a rigid ideology devoid of facts, reason, or any desire to identify common ground.
As Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth (adapted from the Bible), "Pride goeth before destruction, and a high mind before the fall." If we do not come to our senses soon, we are headed for a long fall, and for the end of American exceptionalism.
The debt ceiling debate can't be separated from the GOP's never-ending hunt for any issue that can taint, embarrass, and ultimately weaken the Obama presidency and at the same time re-impose its agenda on Congress and the nation.