Intense Partisan Politics is the reason behind the shutdown

Turn on cable TV: you’ll hear loud voices argue that the Democrats are responsible for the shutdown. Others blame Republicans.

As a results-oriented 32-year Air Force veteran and business executive, I believe the blame lies elsewhere: with the career politicians of both parties. Out-of-touch career politicians prefer words to the hard work of governing and feel immune to the consequences of their actions.

Caring more about press events and scoring “points” than common sense, they have failed to reach out to solve real-world problems by making hard (and timely) choices. Instead, we get unfocused spending cuts (like sequestration), an irresponsible shutdown with the real possibility of a disastrous financial default, and ever-shifting explanations and/or denials of their actions. Their incompetence would earn them a pink slip in the real world.

According to one recent poll, Congress is less popular than head lice. That poll was taken before the government shutdown, which has hurt small businesses and families in Colorado Springs and across the nation. It’s unhealthy for our democracy to have one branch of the government-held in such contempt. The only way to change Congress is to change the kind of people we elect to Congress.

This will be difficult because, you guessed it, career politicians have rigged the system. They effectively insulate themselves from popular opinion. Many of them sit in districts (like ours) dominated by one party or the other, causing them to lurch hard to the left or right in primaries, shielding them from competitive general elections. As a result, practical centrists, those who care about real solutions in the real world that real Americans like you and me live in, are excluded – common-sense compromise is rare.

The founders of our republic formed a system of government flexible enough to adapt to modern society. But they did not envision a system dominated by rabidly partisan career politicians. If we want to restore faith in our government, we as people must have the courage to do things differently. Let’s choose representatives based on competence, character, and leadership. not their political experience and partisan intensity.


Halter Calls on Lamborn to fix Veterans’ Pensions

Candidate for Congress General Irv Halter today called on Congressman Doug Lamborn to support a bill to restore cuts to veterans’ pensions.  On Monday, the Senate voted 94-0 to advance a clean bill to restore the cuts.  This bill addresses the problem that was created by the bipartisan budget agreement that passed in December.  A similar House version of this legislation, H.R. 3790, was introduced in December.

The House version has 114 cosponsors including Colorado’s Scott Tipton and Mike Coffman.  However, Congressman Lamborn is not a cosponsor of this legislation.

“Once again, Congressman Lamborn is playing politics with our veterans.  It is time that we pass a bill to restore the cuts that were made to veterans’ pensions,” said Halter.

“Politicians like Congressman Lamborn who play politics at the expense of real people is exactly what’s wrong with Washington,” Halter continued.  “Congressman Lamborn should be fighting every day to restore the cuts he helped create.  This issue is too important for our district for Congressman Lamborn to be putting ideology before people.”

The Republican-sponsored bill has been sitting in committee since its introduction.  However, it has been gaining support with 6 new bipartisan cosponsors just last week.