Conant: Georgia doesn’t need a new senator who’s a show horse |


Conant: Georgia doesn’t need a new senator who’s a show horse |

Once again this Congress is demonstrating why they are the least admired in the history of polling.

Congress has shut down the government and is risking default on federal debt because they refuse to compromise and legislate.

The primary issue is defunding Obamacare.

Republicans are united in their dislike for Obamacare, but party leadership and most Republicans recognize attempting to defund is not a successful strategy. They conclude the risks will harm their party more than any unlikely reward.

Into this turmoil Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has opportunistically leapt in front of the TV cameras. A Tea Party favorite, the controversial Cruz is expert at getting press coverage, but not much else. A national champion debater in college, his recent 21-hour fake filibuster is an example of talking much and accomplishing little.

A freshman senator in his first elective office, Cruz has spent more energy alienating his Republican colleagues than building the relationships necessary to actually get things done. His histrionics are designed to enhance his personal profile and expand his fund-raising list more than defeating Obamacare.

Ted Cruz is a narcissistic show horse.

Contrast Cruz with Georgia’s two Republican senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. Both have worked for years in the difficult world of budgeting in order to improve America’s fiscal situation rather than their own profile.

Chambliss, Georgia’s senior senator, continues to work behind the scenes to find a deficit solution. As the leader of the bipartisan Senate “gang of six” that developed a workable deficit reduction plan, Chambliss has built credibility and trust on both sides of the aisle. His efforts help to lay the groundwork for an eventual solution to the nation’s fiscal malfeasance.

Chambliss also had the courage to break with Grover Norquist and his appealing, yet unrealistic, mantra to not increase federal revenues. This upset many in the senator’s base, but it was the right thing to do.

Sen. Isakson is attempting to find real solutions. He has sponsored and fought for a biennial budgeting bill to improve the federal budgeting process. The bill would allow the Congress to pass a two-year budget, and, in the non-budget year, make minor budget corrections and focus on other congressional business.

I wrote a research paper at the National War College some years ago on the need for biennial budgeting. As a result, I am very appreciative of the importance of the task the senator has undertaken to improve congressional budgeting.

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