By Lisa Borders
The Congressional Super Committee tasked with reducing America’s projected deficits and debt
must make a deal. Failure is simply not an option. Our country cannot afford the repercussions if partisan and ideological gridlock block a substantive deal. If the committee does not make a deal or if their proposal is not passed by Congress, there will be deep, across-the-board budget cuts
to defense and other areas of spending vital to the interests of all Americans regardless of their party, which will lead to real, adverse consequences for the nation.
It only takes seven to give this deal a chance for success. If just seven members of the 12-person Super Committee agree on a deal, these dangerous automatic cuts can be averted in favor of well-planned strategic budget cuts.
A little less than seven weeks remain for the Super Committee to reach a deal. The stakes are high enough for these six Democrats and six Republicans to use this as an opportunity to put
together a deal which will begin to fix our country’s dismal fiscal situation.
Reaching a deal will:
1. Prove to America that Congress can get something done.
2. Raise our standing with the credit ratings agencies by showing that we are taking steps to put our nation’s finances in order.
3. Show our foreign lenders that we are committed to putting our financial house in order.
4. Send a signal to federal agencies that Congress knows across-the-board spending reductions are not the best way to go.
5. Show the rest of Congress that bipartisan progress can be made to address the country’s most pressing problems.
On the other hand, failure to reach a deal will:
6. Serve to re-enforce how dysfunctional Congress has become.
7. Bring us closer to a “tipping point” and the possibility of having a debt crisis in the U.S.
We all must stand up – united – and make a statement that politicians must put their labels aside
and work together for the good of the country. Now more than ever, a real commitment to bipartisan cooperation and action is necessary.
How can we let our voices be heard? By visiting www.NoLabels.org and signing up to join the 150,000 strong and growing No Labels movement that is committed to forcing our politicians to work together to deliver bipartisan solutions for America.
With less than seven weeks left to get seven votes, America’s opportunity to put its fiscal house in order is now. The time to bridge the chasm between Democrats and Republicans is now. The time to restore hope in the American Dream is now. Let’s take action and move forward.
Lisa Borders is president of the Grady Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Grady Health System, the only Level I Trauma Center within 100 miles of metro-Atlanta. She used to serve as president of the Atlanta City Council and is a No Labels co-founder.