U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi made some good points about the U.S. Congress and the operation of the federal government when he recently spoke to the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce.
In an era when many would seek to impose an inflexible ideology on the entire nation, Tiberi defended the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which was signed into law a few days after Tiberi spoke to the Chamber.
Tiberi had two major points. One, the approved budget could stand on its own merits.
The approved budget “that conservative and liberal groups hate actually spends less than the first two budgets,” Tiberi said. “Make sense to you, right? Welcome to my world. The sad part is there are people in Delaware, Ohio, who get mail from these groups and believe what they say.”
Tiberi said the budget, a compromise between Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Patty Murray, spends less in discretionary funds than House GOP budgets in 2011 ($1.109-trillion) and 2012 ($1.028-trillion); as well as the Senate Democrats’ 2014 request ($1.058-trillion).
Secondly, a refusal to compromise is not always in the country’s best interests.
“We don’t get ahead in Washington by just saying ‘no’ all the time,” he said. “Nothing will get done. That means we wouldn’t save money. The government shutdown didn’t save money. I tried to tell that to my friends in the Tea Party.
“I’m going to do what I think is right and intellectually honest, because I go home at night and I gotta tuck my daughters in. What I’m doing is for their benefit, because they’re the future of this country. That’s why I do what I do.”
Tiberi is correct in those observations.
We would say that politicians who would vote a particular way to get a high score from right-wing or left-wing organizations, without attempting to compromise, impede the function of government which the majority of middle-of-the-road Americans do no want to see interrupted.
Delaware County should be thankful Tiberi represents them in the U.S. House of Representatives.