This summer, the Congress was engaged in rancorous debate and stalled negotiations over raising the debt limit ceiling.
It was frustrating to see the lack of dialogue and good faith negotiations between the two parties. As I've observed on many occasions, I believe that our country was founded under a system of government that requires compromise between factions. We are not a parliamentary system where one party or coalition is elected to take total control of the government and drive all processes.
Our Republic requires us all to work together toward the common good.
As a regular contributor to the local Fox News affiliate, I had frequent on air discussions with my Republican counterparts about how the Congress could move forward to avoid default. (See Media Gallery for archived TV appearances).
Fortunately, a deal was made at the 11th hour, however, the dysfunction involved in getting to that deal contributed in large part to one agency's downgrade of the credit worthiness of the United States. I find it unthinkable that this has happened.
There will be a lot of focus in coming months on the Deficit Reduction Committee. I believe that the most pressing issue facing our country is how to move our country's economic growth forward to create more jobs. We should have been talking about how to create pro-growth strategies all summer.