Earlier this evening I got one of my CNN Breaking News Alerts. It said, “ John McCain suspends campaigning to work on economy, requests postponing Friday Debate; asks Obama do the same.”
What I love is the breaking news from the New York Times said something along the lines of, “McCain wants to cancel debate on Friday.” Yes, that is factually accurate, but is that really an accurate portrayal of the situation? (I think we can tell who the NYT wants as a President). This first debate on Friday is about Foreign Policy. Does anybody really want to talk about Foreign Policy under the current situation? Additionally, if McCain wanted to cancel a debate because he was scared, it darn sure wouldn’t be the foreign policy debate. I don’t care who you are voting for, you have to recognize his superiority on foreign policy.
For me, I think suspending campaign operations and cancelling the debate is the right thing to do. I am not crazy about a $700 Billion dollar bail out, but I recognize the huge flashing neon warning signs that we are fast approaching. Something has to be done. First and fore most, Senators McCain and Obama were elected to be 2 of the 100 Senators who are suppose to vote on key legislation facing this country. Right now Congress is working on what will likely be one of the most pressing pieces of legislations in more than a decade. Should these two employees not be involved in this? When your company is facing a crisis that could completely shut down your business, do you let two members of your executive team do something else? I don’t think so.
Congress is running out of time. As I have mentioned time and time again, they were suppose to pass the appropriation bills that allow the Federal Government to run by October 1. Not sure if you have noticed, but that is next Wednesday. They have passed 0 of the 13 appropriation bills. So, if they are not going to be able to pass the appropriation bills, then they need to do a cop-out and pass a continuing resolution (this will fund the federal government agencies at their current level for a certain period of time…right now they are want to do a CR until March 6). But, again, they have to do this by Tuesday evening. To put an additional wrinkle in their plans, Rosh Hashanah is from Sept 29-Oct 1, so Congress will not be in session. What does this mean? They have until Sunday night to pass something to keep the Federal Government running AND address the current economic crisis and bail out Wall Street. They will be working all weekend!
The debate is scheduled for Friday night in Mississippi however; they need to be voting in Washington, D.C. Friday night, not debating. I feel like a parent but…if you finish all your homework, THEN you can go debate.
So, forgive me if I expect all Senators (except for Teddy, who gets a pass due to his health situation) to be in Washington, D.C. doing the work of the people. They are talking about $700 Billion dollars of taxpayer money, our money. I want all hands on deck, all minds working on this, and all politics set aside. No excuses.
BTW, I will have to tell you about tonight at the NASA 50th Anniversary Gala. I saw Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Jr, and Quincy Jones. Amazing evening.