September 27, 2013

Dan Demeritt: Fiscal failure is good for columnists, bad for everyone else

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Financial analysts and economists in a position to know use terms like "economic calamity," "violent market reaction" and "global ramifications" to describe an unprecedented default on the federal government's debts and the accompanying inability to fund programs and make payments as they come due.

Given the scale, it is hard to consider the economic consequences in household terms. I suppose it would be like losing your job, zeroing out your bank account balances and having a leaky roof all at the same time.

"Why are we here?" is a fair question. "Politics" is the only answer. There are a growing number of senators and representatives in Washington who put ideology and narrow partisan considerations ahead of finding solutions. They like it best when they can leverage a pending catastrophe for a brighter spotlight or an opportunity to achieve a narrow objective.

Maine's congressional delegation does not fit this mold. Maine voters simply would not stand for it. Nevertheless, the problem is not ours to solve alone, and it is not going away.

I will try my best around deadline time not to be so gleeful about it.

Dan Demeritt is a Republican political consultant and public relations specialist. He is a former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage. He can be contacted at:

Twitter: @demerittdan


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