Dear Congress,
For your leadership, your maturity,
and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job,
We applaud you.

That Congress could leave town, leave 74,000 people out of work and potentially forfeit $1.2 billion in tax revenue from the airlines is astounding. With 9.2 percent unemployment (which very well may be higher when the unemployment numbers come out tomorrow), jobs are hard to come by. You’d think the men and women, Democrats and Republicans, on Capitol Hill would move heaven and earth to ensure the jobs they have the power to save were indeed saved. If they have any self-respect, they’ll show the leadership, maturity and inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of their job needed to solve this latest legislative impasse.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.