Time is running out on increasing the U.S. debt ceiling by our Congress. The latest spectacle of the increasingly dysfunctional Congress is the inability of John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to muster a majority vote by his fellow Republicans for his plan to raise the debt ceiling.
As a result, last night I sent the following email message to the Speaker:
- In your recent speech to the nation, you said that you were Speaker of the House, not of the Republican Party or its Tea Party component.
- The time has come for you to rise to the occasion, to in fact be the Speaker of the entire House.
- You need to craft a truly bipartisan bill on the debt ceiling and budget that garners the support of responsible members of the Republican Party and of the Democratic Party. Immediately!
- I obviously am not in your District, and I am not a Republican. But our country needs to avoid a default on its debt. I think you know that such a default would have catastrophic consequences for the U.S. and global economy and financial markets.
- Do the right thing.