Editorial: Default averted - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Editorial: Default averted

Posted: Updated:
  • EditorialsMore>>

  • Editorial: "Triumph and Conquest"

    Editorial: "Triumph and Conquest"

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:20:09 GMT
    This week marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings; bombings that claimed the lives of four and injured more than 260 people.  A year ago this week was to be a day of triumph andMore >>
    This week marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings; bombings that claimed the lives of four and injured more than 260 people.  A year ago this week was to be a day of triumph andMore >>
  • Editorial: "Money is Power"

    Editorial: "Money is Power"

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:20:06 GMT
    Last week the Supreme Court struck down overall limits individuals can contribute to candidates and political committees during a two-year federal election cycle now. The ruling resulted in a divided Supreme CourtMore >>
    Last week the Supreme Court struck down overall limits individuals can contribute to candidates and political committees during a two-year federal election cycle now. The ruling resulted in a divided Supreme CourtMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Crime Victims' Rights Week"

    Guest Editorial: "Crime Victims' Rights Week"

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:20:03 GMT
    Every year, millions of people have their lives changed forever by crime. They are our family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Crime victims often struggle to work, pay bills, or support their lovedMore >>
    Every year, millions of people have their lives changed forever by crime. They are our family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues.More >>
  • Editorials 2013More>>

  • Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Tuesday, December 24 2013 7:15 PM EST2013-12-25 00:15:09 GMT
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy HolidaysMore >>
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy Holidays and that certainly includes Christmas.More >>
  • Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Thursday, December 19 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-20 00:20:06 GMT
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
  • Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-18 00:20:09 GMT
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Another fascinating episode in American politics ended this week as Congress finally came to a compromise agreement on raising the national debt ceiling. 

Under the plan, the debt limit increases some $2.1 trillion over the next two years.  Spending cuts will take longer… the first 900 billion over the next 10 years, and another 1.4 trillion yet to be determined. 

It does not address long term spending cuts of Medicare, Medicaid and defense, the programs which drive our debt. Nor does it address revenue increases with higher taxes. In typical Washington fashion, the tough decisions were put off until after their election in 2012.  Unfortunately, this same issue will come up again in early 2013, so be careful who you vote for next year.

But lest we be too critical, consider this.  We as a nation are about half Democrat and half Republican.  We elected Congress and the president to fight for our views on complex issues like this…and they did.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans were completely happy with the deal. But they did what they had to do, albeit at the last minute, to keep the U.S. from defaulting on our debts.  Had they not accomplished that, then we really should complain.

Copyright 2011 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow