Why are Debt Ceiling Negotiations so Secretive?

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on July 7, 2011 0 Comments

It’s not that the debt ceiling negotiations should be knowledge for the public right from the beginning, but it seems like the negotiators will come up with a plan behind closed doors giving Congress only two days to look it over and vote. These days the thing to do is ram important legislation through without allowing legislators the opportunity to see a bill and fully analyze its repercussions.

How many times do we see legislators being put in the position of voting on something that they don’t really fully understand? A prime example of this happened with health care. Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin expressed his views during a phone interview with the Weekly Standard. In the interview, Senator Johnson said, “You reporters have more detail on what’s happening here in Washington on these debt ceiling talks than rank and file members of Congress.”

Then there is also the pressure of the economy tanking if Congress does not act by the August 2nd deadline. If Congress does not increase the debt ceiling, experts say that this is the worst possible thing for the economy. We could see the stock market and the dollar fall as faith in the U.S. economy is shaken.

Senator Johnson thinks that it would be better to hit the debt ceiling, and hold tough on the issues. There are many who disagree with this position. If Senator Johnson is right about reporters knowing more about the negotiations going on over the debt ceiling increase, something needs to change.

Playing political games with this country’s important issues is one of the things that people were tired of when the last presidential election was held. Voters wanted change then, and still want to see a change in Washington. Not this same old political game where no one wins, especially the American people.

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