An essential trait of Americans must be that we summon, when needs be, the intellectual courage to tackle our problems. By this I don’t mean high-brow intellect, but rather just good common sense born of a willingness to try to understand the problems before us. This government shutdown got our attention, and should be welcomed by anyone who thinks a better informed electorate benefits their position.
Over the coming days, weeks or months we will collectively debate our national future. We will have to decide whether to cut back spending or roar ahead into fiscal oblivion. The process won’t really determine winners and losers from among our political leaders, but whether we all win or lose.
Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and a professor of economics at Ball State University. Contact him at email@example.com.