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The Tyrade – Playing chicken with the train

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

There will be no moving vans pulling up to the White House anytime soon and now it seems, just days after millions of American’s made their voice heard, there won’t be much movement in Washington at all.

There are so many pressing issues that only Congress can control that will impact every single person in this country. It all starts with finding a way to steer the economy away from the looming fiscal cliff. If not, a number of laws which, if unchanged, will result in tax increases, spending cuts, and according to many economists a fast track to another recession.

I liken it to The Price is Right Cliffhanger game. You know the one that has a man with a walking stick yodeling up a mountain and taking one step at a time, hoping to stop before there is no more hill to go. As a country, we are close to that last step.

The day after the election, House Speaker John Boehner loosened up his stance on coming to some sort of compromise with his colleagues on the other side of the isle. The day after that President Obama made his case that seemed to be a bit less arbitrary as well. But no one is conceding that a deal will be done in time.

Obama wants to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 and Boehner is in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts. Needless to say, they are still worlds apart as talks begin between Democrats and Republicans.

Is this simply a game of chicken with the train? Will these “talks” be nothing but a façade until the party with the least amount of  power has to get out of the way at the last second?

It is more than partisan politics at this point. Do politicians want to be a part of the recession party or the progression party? If a deal is reached or not, they will all be to thank or to blame.

In most cases, the train will always win in a game of chicken, but if those in Washington can’t get out of their own way; it will stop America right in her tracks.

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I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Licking County. Using the “its who you know” and “seize an opportunity” mantras, I started my farm broadcasting career right out of high school at WRFD-AM, thanks to my uncle Scott Higgins introducing me to then Farm Director Joe Cornely.

From there my radio path took me to Columbus country music station WHOK-FM, where I was known as Tyler Jacobs for over 12 years. Eventually I ended up right where I started and where I am most comfortable, back in farm broadcasting – using my real name!

I became a member of The Ohio Ag Net team in 2010 and I am proud to share the great stories about Ohio Agriculture, one broadcast at a time.

I currently live in Delaware County, where I am raising one boy and one girl, with my wife Angela. When I am not coaching my son’s baseball team or rehearsing for my role in my daughter’s dance recital (pictures if you want them), I am grilling, golfing and doing whatever may be on my “honey-do” list at any given moment.

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