Former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel once said that you never want a good crisis to go to waste.
Emanuel: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” (“Rahm Emanuel: Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste,” ThinkFY’s YouTube Channel)
True to form, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and President Barack Obama seized on Monday’s tragic mass-shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. – while the events were still unfolding no less – to push once again for gun control.
In an op/ed for The Washington Post on Monday, April 30th, Marc A. Thiessen covered the “explosive memoir” by “former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez” which “provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding.”
Over the course of the past few years, folks have finally focused on Washington’s inability to rein in out-of-control spending, unsustainable deficits and potentially catastrophic debt. The question has been, and continues to be, who will stand up and lead? Who will shoulder the responsibility of getting our fiscal house in order?
A little more than a year ago, I noted here that it sure as hellfire won’t be Senate Democrats that can be counted on to lead. Why? To truly force Washington to live within its means, not spend more than it takes in, we need a Balanced Budget Amendment. Guess who it was to vote in lockstep against a Balance Budget Amendment in the 1990’s? Yup, Senate Democrats, including the likes of Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Pat Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Harry Reid (D-NV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).