Because IF we had a Congress, that is a real working Senate and House of Representatives, then things would get DONE.
As it is, the only thing that has actually excited the loudest members of Congress is trying to grill our ambassador to the United Nations. It seems that only certain Republicans misunderstood our UN ambassador, Susan Rice when she made some simple preliminary statements on behalf of the intelligence community, because she was asked to do so. I say this, because it seems that most of the rest of the country and the rest of the world understand that a ‘preliminary investigation’ is just that. These folks apparently don’t want to find out what really happened in Benghazi or they’d be talking to the folks who are investigating Benghazi.
Nor do they want to get our tax situation settled in a sensible way so that everyone pays their fair share. The only other thing I can figure out that the members of Congress really want to do is to set up drastic cuts on the Social Security and Medicare programs, as well as Medicaid, so that the oldest, poorest, and most vulnerable in our country can reduce the deficit these same members of Congress created with unfunded tax cuts and unfunded wars, while at the same time making sure that most wealthy folks in the country are protected inside their cocoons of wealth and privilege. In fact, it is a fact that in order to maintain their illogical positions, these same members of Congress have suppressed the report they themselves ordered from the Congressional Research Service that found that “reducing the top tax rates has no correlation with the nation’s economic growth, but does contribute to the growing gap between the wealthy and the rest of Americans.” And why did they suppress that report? Because it didn’t agree with what they wanted to believe or what they were told to believe. Amazing.
So here we are, thirty-one days from the end of the year, with more posturing and drama than most modern movies, with a Congress that seems hell-bent on embarrassing us in front of the rest of the world by demonstrating, with every press conference they call, that they simply cannot do their jobs.
So maybe we should all mark our calendars, and in a couple of years, say November 2014, when all of the members of the House of Representatives, and lots of the Senate, come up for re-election, we can consult our notes and give them all tickets back home to manage the wealth they have accumulated in ‘government service’, and maybe we can find some folks who understand that when you are given a job, you show up and do it.