In an era when “government” is almost synonymous with “dysfunction,” the impressive response to the Gibraltar Fire is a welcome reminder that our government can still do some hard jobs very well.
With compromise now a dirty word in Washington, it is up to us to remind our elected officials that we favor compromises over crises. Push for a deal on the debt ceiling.
Reorienting federal spending to promote economic growth without creating unacceptable levels of long-term economic risk is a complicated endeavor. But we do not elect our Representatives and Senators to solve only easy problems. Let’s not let them off the hook.
Instead of doing your child’s homework sometime this week, calling a teacher to argue for a better grade on a test, or scheduling yet another extracurricular activity, take twenty minutes to write your two Senators and ask them what they are doing to address one big issue you care deeply about.
The UN is starting to exercise greater leadership on border management issues. This is consistent with recommendations that we made with the Stimson Center just before the most recent General Assembly meeting.
Today, the West doesn’t fully understand (or is willfully blind to the fact) that the rest of the world has not abandoned ideological struggle, the use of force to resolve disputes, or Machiavellian international politics. We continue to see international relations through rose-colored glasses — the prism of the forward march of history. We have, however, misjudged the pace. As a result, we are struggling in an increasingly disorderly and dangerous world.
Congress has done the bare minimum to postpone a potential government shutdown.