Congress and the President played financial tennis over the holidays and the nation's financial state may have been the ball. Now it appears that the can has largely been kicked down the road as the tax side of the equation has been solved but spending cuts have been put on hold for 60 days. I just have a hard time calling this situation a compromise when all that congress has done is move a deadline. The lack of ability to reach an agreement on these issues continues to erode confidence in the federal government and we and the world will get to see much of the same discussion followed by gridlock at the end of February. The federal government has always had a poor image but the past several congresses and, no doubt the 2013 congress, have and will continue to fan the flames of disgust with the American people. Thankfully, the fiscal cliff vote cancels an Executive Order by the President that allows for automatic raises for members of congress, the Vice President and President. Our country deserves better and this continual in inability to compromise and reach a consensus is not governing, but rather, ruining, our country. We need to reach out to our elected officials in Washington and insist that they find common ground and make a decision because not making a decision is no longer an option. It is a message for all our elected representatives from Washington down to our local communities and it will make for a Better East Texas.