To The Herald-Whig:
As with the Enron oil crisis and now with financial default scare the finger pointing begins. It appears they are looking for a patsy. The Democrats want to blame the tea party. Come on, all you party brothers, Democrats and Republicans, let's face it. You all screwed up. You ignored the realization that a default is ugly and harmful.
My newspaper article of April 17, 2011, gave a picture of the United States in a financial predicament and a good possibility of default. An old saying, "experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again." Did our Washington people learn nothing from the last experience? How often does a deja-vu happen before a cure is found for sure? Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "We learn geology the morning after an earthquake." We've had a financial earthquake but did we learn anything from it? This system of banding together with your buddies or with your party members is a load of dung.
It appears all of Washingtonians want credit for great events but this was not the time to be greedy. Dr. Wayne Dyer believes it is greed that gets us into trouble and it is pride that keeps us there. It is a fact that you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created the problem.
So, if you change your mind, you will change your world. I repeat a suggestion from my earlier newspaper article: FDR gave this remark in one of his fireside chats, "I doubt if there is in the world a single problem whether social, political or economic that would not find a ready solution if man and nations would rule their lives according to the plain teachings of the Sermon on the Mount."
It takes an open-minded person to follow this suggestion. I hope Washington leaders will, "Open their minds to everything and close their minds to nothing." Remember it's been said, "Nobody wins unless everybody wins." This is compromise. I would accept this, and point no fingers.
James J. Haslem