Though the debt crisis has been averted for now, there is another national crisis speeding on at full speed -- the education of students of color.
The 12-member committee that is supposed to come up with long-term solutions to the nation’s financial problems has one lone Latino member.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), who represents an increasingly Hispanic district in Harlem believes that Latinos, who have been the recession's biggest losers, together with black Americans, will bear the brunt of the pain that comes from a debt deal flush with cuts to social programs.
The juvenile antics of the GOP in setting terms for raising the debt ceiling and their continuous sparring with the President and Democrats over the issue can't help but be seen as a stark predictor of how things will go if comprehensive immigration reform should ever reach a vote in Congress.
After two years of claiming to be concerned about what is best for job creators Speaker Boehner has now heard from them directly - and ignores them.
What's most important right now on Capitol Hill is an issue that too many Latinos, and most Americans, have paid little attention to -- the ongoing negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.
If President Obama carries through with his intention to cut Social Security benefits in such a way that it will imperil the lives of Latino seniors, it will be a sad day for a community who believed in change.