It seems all lawmakers and politicians in Washington do is partake in a blame game that goes on ad infinitum. In fact, if members of Congress and the president did a little less finger pointing and a little more work, there is no telling what Washington could have accomplished in the last few years and could continue to accomplish in the future. But, it is always about elections. 2014 will be no different from 2013 or 2012 or 2011 because lawmakers never truly get out of election mode.
Even if you have bipartisan legislation come out of the Senate like immigration reform — which CNN listed as one of the big issues that will define the 2014 blame game — it doesn’t even get consideration in a House committee because House Republicans are more concerned about being primaried. Nothing substantive ever happens with deficit spending or the budget because at the end of the day, it is all about what lawmakers can tell their constituents when they return to the campaign trail.
Every year, lawmakers use the same recycled talking points on issues that always take center stage during elections — like the economy, the debt and deficit, and immigration reform. There will be nothing exceptional about 2014. There will just be a couple of new issues for both sides to use in a never-ending contest of who can throw the most mud and come out the least dirty.
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