The temper tantrums, blame-throwing and unrealistic thinking in Washington sometimes resemble an unruly elementary school classroom rather than a mature, deliberative national government.
That’s particularly true when the subject is the federal budget, where the political debate often degenerates into an irritating mix of dubious claims, silly accusations, angry taunts and the drawing of lines in the sand.
Such behavior led Diane Lim Rogers, The Concord Coalition’s chief economist, to suggest in a recent op-ed article in the Christian Science Monitor that members of Congress and the administration could benefit from thinking back to some of the lessons they learned – or should have learned – in kindergarten: Keep your temper, take responsibility for your actions, learn to compromise and so on.
Cut the Deficit? A Job for Kindergartners