Opinion: Can old politicians learn new tricks?

Bruce Walton

Bruce Walton

Bruce Walton is a sophomore news major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

After all of the debates, the millions of dollars spent on both sides and years of campaigning, we have finished the elections and have literally nothing to show for it. We are virtually right back where we were in the political ratio of Democrats to Republicans in 2010. This was the worst-case scenario for America and — surprise! — it happened.

Many people were hoping that the elections this year would tip the scales in someone’s favor, but Congress is basically the same in majorities and minorities as it was before, and President Barack Obama is still in office. It would be nice if we had momentum anywhere to the right or left, but we are still in this godforsaken stalemate that both parties have been locked in for four years.

Plus, on top of Hurricane Sandy, America could be heading off of a fiscal cliff by the end of this year. But what is a fiscal cliff? It can be explained as the collection of most cuts, breaks and rates for America’s budgets, incomes and taxes that regulate America’s economy, which is so delicate right now that anything too erratic may tip our economy down into the abysmal ravine of another recession (hence the cliff).

Now, I’m not one for being on time for deadlines (just ask my editor, yuk yuk yuk), but when it’s important, I know I need to pull through, and that’s what I hope our government officials can do by the end of this year or we’re screwed.

This is a very scary time for the economy as we are just weeks away from deciding what to do about our deficit. Both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have agreed that Democrats and Republicans need to stop the economy from going over the fiscal cliff, but neither can agree on how to do it.

Gee, where have I heard that before? Oh, right, two years ago when we were in this same little catastrophic situation, and what did we do then? The Republicans held Congress hostage with pledging to not vote on any higher taxes, and the Democrats wanted to push the debt ceiling higher.

My, how two years can really fly by; it seems just like yesterday we were worried the economy was going to collapse on itself from stubbornness. I hear what the Dems and GOP are saying, but we need a bit more than “We both agree something must be done.”

Talk is cheap, and we all have heard this before. We bought what you were selling about bipartisanship overcoming economic strife, but it’s come back again with even more power, and you two are saying the same crap. I don’t know about the rest of America, but I have heard enough.

Tell you what: I’ll believe it when I see it happen for myself. No more talking. I want to see both parties take one step together to make me feel better about the next four years. Please. Dear God, please.