Marino takes stab at pragmatism at the federal level

U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, is pushing legislation calling for a federal hiring freeze until the country’s budget deficit has been eliminated.

Good for him.

We can well imagine Marino won’t get his legislation through the House.

The Washington establishment is so addicted to spending that committing to a hiring freeze until it gets off its addiction probably isn’t in the cards.

But at least Marino’s trying, which is a lot more than we can say for President Obama and his administration.

The same man who called raising the debt ceiling unpatriotic when he was a senator has generated a fresh $7.1 trillion in national debt during his presidential tenure.

Actions speak louder than words is a good axiom by which to measure the president when it comes to his budget management.

Hopefully, a new era of accountability is dawning.

The House pushed back the debt ceiling deadline three months last week, a concession requiring the Senate to pass a budget between now and then.

That normally wouldn’t be a big deal, except that the Senate hasn’t produced a budget in four years.

The inauguration has passed. The gladhanding should be about over for now.

The president got most of what he wanted in the way of a tax increase to raise more revenue.

Now it’s time for him and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to start doing the “fair share” they demand of everyone else.

We think it is overdue that they be pushed into pragmatism by legislation such as Marino’s and the House debt ceiling proposition.

– Williamsport Sun-Gazette