Nation’s Debt Debate Frustrates Marylanders

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– As the government default deadline nears, people in Maryland are also waiting on word from Washington.

Derek Valcourt has reaction from on-edge citizens who say it is time to make a deal.

The longer Congress debates, the more frustrated Americans become. As politics play out in the nation’s capital, there’s a resentment building across Maryland.

“They are putting the country through unnecessary angst for nothing, and I’m really angry about it to tell you the truth,” said Candice Van Scoy.

The lack of compromise as Congress moves up against the Tuesday deadline leaves many Marylanders concerned about their financial futures.

“Already, the stock market has tanked because everyone is worried about us losing our triple bond rating,” a Marylander said.

The alarm is also high for many in Maryland’s Congressional caucus, including Senator Barbara Mikulski who is worried about the impact of no deal.

“We’re spending $700 billion in defense and we are destroying ourselves by a self-inflicted wound because of political dysfunctions, political rigidity and political ideology,” Mikulski said. “What the heck is this?”

Some of the anger and resentment is being directed at freshman Republicans aligned with the Tea Party, like Congressman Andy Harris who says any solution should include a balanced budget amendment.

“America is tired of budget tricks, accounting gimmicks,” he said. “They want permanent accountability.”

“When you ask for a constitutional amendment that requires a balanced budget, it shows a fundamental lack of knowledge about economics that’s just inexcusable in politicians,” said a Marylander.

Many Americans are confident that a debt solution is hours away, but are frustrated politics has trumped a compromise.

“It will play itself out,” said another frustrated Marylander. “I’m just sick of hearing about it, to be honest.”

This crisis has pulled Congress’ approval ratings way down. One recent Rasmussen poll said only six percent of Americans think Congress is doing a good job. That’s an all-time low.

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  • Wheres common sense when you need it

    Marylanders keep voting the same politicians into office so they deserve what they asked for. This goes for the rest of the country as well. Our so called “leaders” are the dumbest people around. We need a balanced budget amendment, term limits, and a rule that no one that makes over $150,000 a year can hold an office. It is time to put people in office that understand Americans and our issues. I can’t understand how we have the greatest country in the world and the stupidest people running it!

  • Tom

    What a dumb headline.

  • Steven Cville

    Well Barbara it’s almost 900 billion not 700 in Defense and let’s not forget that Government Health cost is almost the same. Hmm, a thought Obama care has not even kicked in yet so where does that money come from? People should face the fact that Obama care is going to dwarf Defense spending.
    Let;s not forget Government Employee pensions are the third highest expense followed by Welfare at number 4.

    PENSIONS!!!! Can you believe that when most Americans have to depend on S.S. and 401K plans that they pay into.

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