Everybody – and I mean everybody – has been talking about the debacle in Congress.
It’s caused the markets to stumble, the nation’s credit rating to get a second and third look, and caused other nations to wonder.
Between the just-ended federal shutdown, and last-second approval of another extension to keep federal finances running Р it’s no wonder everybody is scratching their heads.
As State Sen. Stuart Adams of Layton told me, “It’s a little embarrassing that those types of things would happen. Everybody shares blame.”
Adams is a solid Republican. But like so many others on both sides of the aisle, he knows this debacle goes beyond one party or the other.
“We need to work together, not apart. Find solutions, not roadblocks. We need to find a way to grow our economy. The president needs to deal with problems with the Affordable Care Act.”
That’s just talking about millions of people trying to get online to select their health care options.
Sen. Todd Weiler of Woods Cross made similar comments to his fellow senator who lives 20 miles to the north.
Looking beyond last week’s action that ended the shutdown, Weiler told me, “It’s a sad, sad situation, all for naught. I know what we gained. I think all we’ve done is kick the can down the road for three to four months. We’ll have the same debacle, and a threatened default in January.”
And no matter what a person’s political viewpoint, I think the former Woods Cross city concilman had it right when he added, “I think it’s disgusting as a country that we are spending more money than we can afford. That’s reckless and unsustainable.”
The shutdown had a very real impact on hundreds and thousands of Davis County residents.
While it doesn’t impact south Davis as much as the Clearfield and Layton residents who live near the base and work there Р the shutdown may hit all of us in one way or the other.
Adams said the Utah Legislature may have to consider some budget cuts in next year’s session.
At the same time, we all know how the state stepped up and made it possible for tourists to enjoy “our” national parks. That helped the economy of southern Utah, Moab, etc.
But the Legislature also was ready to fund programs to help families receiving food stamp assistance, and more. Those receiving help to buy food often are those who are working. They just can’t make it because their salaries or hours were cut, they may serve us when we dine out, or their jobs were eliminated.
So, Congress, Mr. President, please work together. Utah has done a lot right. But we all need to end this mess!