Student opinion: Congress needs to compromise

Althoff Catholic High SchoolMay 6, 2014 

The political gridlock in Congress is crippling the economic growth of the country.

With the national debt continually rising, Congress has the most basic job of ensuring fiscal responsibility. The national debt and partisan gridlock has reduced Congress to governing from crisis to crisis, instead of addressing other pressing needs in the country. By failing to compromise on spending and taxation levels, Congress has failed to pass a meaningful budget in years.

The announced retirement of U.S. Rep. John Dingell reminds us of a time when Congress was a driving force for change, not the bickering partisan mess it is today. The lawmakers of that day passed laws that brought progress to the nation, not impeded it. Dingell, always one to revere public service, has since called serving in the House of Representatives "obnoxious."

Congress' toxic nature has caused many to forget that compromise has happened in the recent past. The Simpson-Bowles Commission was a bipartisan commission charged with creating a balanced budget. The budget that the commision proposed was a compromise that both raised taxes and reduced spending. The proposal died due to a lack of consensus among our elected leaders.

It is imperative for America's future that fiscal security is restored. This can only be achieved through compromise. Both sides must meet in the middle. While the choices they make may be unpopular, securing our financial future is a priority that cannot be ignored.

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