Reflecting the sour public mood towards Washington, a panel of experts on the federal budget described themselves Thursday night as worried, puzzled, frustrated and disappointed as the fiscal stalemate dragged on.
They faulted top political leaders and other elected officials in both parties for irresponsibility, inflexibility and, in some cases, a lack of common sense.
It all led former senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) to recall a comment by Will Rogers on congressional philosophy: “If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t stupidity get us out?”
Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby offered this suggestion for members of Congress who have failed to level with the public on the nation’s fiscal challenges: “If you are trying the strategy of pandering, pandering, pandering, and you are at 5 percent in the polls, why not try something else – coming together and legislating?”
The panel discussion took place at The Concord Coalition’s annual Economic Patriots Dinner in Washington.
Also on the panel were former Federal Reserve vice chair Dr. Alice Rivlin, former senator Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), and former senator Bill Brock III (R-Tenn.). Washington Post reporter Lori...