The weekend Carroll County Times opinion columns were extremely instructive, and I appreciate the writers telling the GOP what they have to do to win. However, some accusations from these columns do not ring true.
When the President repeatedly stated "I will not negotiate on raising the debt limit, or opening the government," it was the Republicans who were blamed by the media. How does that happen?
When the House passes dozens of bills of all types, and the Senate brings none of them up for a vote, why does the media say that the Republicans will not co-operate? What happened to conference committees, where both the House and Senate worked out the details of bills? I understand that if the Senate doesn't vote on a bill there is nothing to work out. Who continues to let that happen?
If the tea party is "out of the mainstream" because it wants fewer regulations, less spending, less borrowing and a budget, then the mainstream must want none of those things. And business likes mainstreamers because so much money, backed by nothing, has been, and is being pushed into banks, that both business and big government can borrow money at low rates. Nice for them, but savers see their life savings vanishing as all other costs go up.
So, the message in the opinion columns was akin to let's keep things going as they are. Think about it. We can borrow more, pay more and save less -- and, a budget is only for the little people. After all, what could happen?
Richard C. Buczek