As we approach President Obama's second inauguration, the country still is confronted with the political dysfunction of a Republican-controlled House and a Democratic-controlled Senate and White House.
Both political parties appear unwilling to cooperate and compromise on the necessary budgetary items—raising taxes and cutting spending for everyone—to get the nation's fiscal house in order.
But the real cause for this political gridlock is the people themselves who are unwilling to make the necessary financial decisions. As a nation we need to be realistic and honest with ourselves that we can't have everything, i.e., low taxes and more spending.
We need to take responsibility and hold our office-holders accountable to fiscal realities in which we live.
Opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Andy Rapp, Q-TV, Delta College, or PBS.