On Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner was equally fervent in proclaiming impending disaster if the country’s problems aren’t addressed: “The American people understand that we can’t continue spending money we don’t have. Our national debt has now surpassed $14.2 trillion. It’s on a track to eclipse the size of our entire economy this year. This massive debt is hurting private sector job creation — eroding confidence, spreading uncertainty among employers big and small, discouraging private investment in our economy that is sorely needed in order for us to create jobs.” Boehner also saw something larger at stake: “This debt is also a moral threat to our country. In my opinion, it is immoral to rob our children and grandchildren’s futures and leave them beholden to countries around the world that buy our debt. We have a moral obligation to speak the truth and to do something about it.”
So, where is Boehner this week? Same place the rest of Congress is, on a two-week Easter recess. Recesses are for talking to constituents back home and taking junkets overseas. For example, Boehner is in Pakistan. With him are five House colleagues, including Reps. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, Mike Conaway, R-Texas, Tom Rooney, R-Fla., Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Dan Boren, D-Okla. Obama is also traveling this week, giving speeches on the budget. Whether in Pakistan or Peoria, our leaders are content to talk about America’s economic problems. Now is the time to act, right here in Washington. Business-as-usual has no place when the country’s future is in peril. Cancel all recesses and junkets, park Air Force One, and get back to the capital and do your job.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2011/04/if-america-faces-economic-crisis-why-are-our-leaders-recess#ixzz1Jxvtxnas