Responsibility is hard to shrug off in a democracy. Voters sleep better by telling themselves that their candidates were no good, that they were choosing the lesser of two evils, or that they were lied to. Even when all three are true, Americans still have to live with their choices, including the choice we made in 2008.
When we started 2012 by raising the debt ceiling there was a lot less noise from Capitol Hill than we heard last summer when legislators predicted catastrophe caused by their own reckless spending. Last August Congress pacified taxpayers by pawning off its responsibilities on a sure to fail Super Committee and a doomsday automatic spending cut scheme.
The word out of Washington is that spending cuts are the answer to our country’s ills. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor believes that spending cuts will open the door to job growth:
Today’s action by the Senate to overwhelmingly approve House Republicans’ Continuing Resolution is a welcome sign that Washington is beginning to move in the right direction to cut spending and get our fiscal house in order so that people can get back to work.