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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after voting on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., listen. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As we take a temporary breath in coexisting with the brinksmanship that our elected officials put us through, we really must remind ourselves that they are elected officials.

That makes it...our fault.

We put them there to legislate on our behalf. And if you knowingly voted for a fundamentalist, microscopically visioned zealot and he voted zealously, did you and the country benefit? If you voted for someone who promised you a health care plan and you don't have any idea what you get and how much it costs, do you feel better now?

During the most recent economic and governmental crisis, did you feel that the president behaved like a statesman, practicing the friendly persuasion of a diplomatic leader like Johnson or Reagan, or did he petulantly pull in his sails and leave the tough work to others? And during it all, where was the smooth salesmanship and experience of Bill Clinton?

So we're all left with questions and mistrust till it happens all over again.

Till then, the asylum is in full operation.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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