March 2nd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #772 'A better way to budget time'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama and the Dems are duking it out with the Repubs over the budget. Which reminds me, I need to stop by the ATM after I post this letter.

Dear Mr. President,

I have decided that for all my reading, interviews, telephone conversations and consultations with psychics I’m still never going to understand how business is done under the Capitol dome. The passage of this stopgap measure to keep the federal government from shutting down while everyone continues to rip and tear at the budget like a pack of junkyard dogs is just the latest example.

I can never fully grasp why it comes to this point. I know, I know…one side wants one type of budget, the other side wants another type, and this is the way you wrangle it out - by slamming your political desires up against a pending economic mess just so everyone takes it seriously.

But if this were a car, this would be the equivalent of speeding toward a cliff with the driver and his passenger jerking the wheel in opposite directions all because they could not agree on which road to take to Tulsa. And it happens over and over again.

Is it really that impossible for both sides to reach some sort of workable compromise before the front tires are pushing pebbles into the chasm? I realize that the two parties have differing fiscal views, but for heaven’s sake, my wife and I don’t always agree on what to watch on TV but we work it out before bedtime.

Both parties always talk about the need for more civil debate and reason. But in practice, this is what we voters see over and over again. So I have a suggestion: Next time, do you think you could convince party bosses on both sides to just pretend the deadline is coming up a month or so before it actually does? That way they could still beat each other up, but not make the rest of us feel so concerned in the process.

Sometimes I think what they need is not more ideas about how to budget money, as more common sense about how to budget their time.

It’s late. I’ve got to get home. Call tomorrow if you get a moment.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Nancy Laurine

    With regards to the Libya situation:

    How can the United Nations and other European Nations sit by idoly and watch the Libya government bomb these unarmed protestors. Somebody has to step up and help these people and it can't always be the United States.

    I thought the purpose of the United States investing in the United Nations was for these types of situations. Why won't they act? What are they afraid of – retaliation such as Pan AM 103? How do people like Gadhafi come to power? How much power and money should one person ever have on this earth? He definitely has too much. This is just evil.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  2. Barbara

    correction...Now that the Libyan Government has taken this to another level,ie(airstrikes), on it's own people, why not send in Black-ops from the U.S. and several of our allies? Don't let it be known for at least 50 years, if ever, which country was able to get Gadhafi and his hinchmen. GAME OVER!

    March 2, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  3. Barbara

    New that the Government in Libia has taken this to another level ie(airstriks)on it's own people, I say why not Black-ops from the U.S. and several of our allies. Don't let the world know for 50 years which country was able to get Gadhafi and his henchmen. Game over!

    March 2, 2011 at 9:36 am |