And when we are talking about our luminous Congress (both houses) trying to get their most basic jobs done, these crises go around and come around, over and over and over.
Congress has been unable, in almost a year and a half, to do their job. Actually Congress has for the most part been incapable of doing their job since January 2009, with the exception of the Affordable Care Act, which has been challenged every inch of the way since it was passed.
It’s all tied together, you know: cutting spending, raising taxes on those with incomes above $250,000, and dealing with the debt ceiling. These are all part of the basic responsibility of Congress to ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ our country by making sure our country is properly funded to its needs. And the needs of our country are pretty basic: provide for the common good. Congress is simply not meeting their responsibilities. They speak as little children would: “He won’t do what he’s supposed to do; it’s his fault, it’s their fault, it’s everybody’s fault but mine.” How very disappointing. How very disgusting. How very unnecessary.
Well, enough is enough is enough. We’ve all been on the edge too many times for too long a time. What can we as citizens do? Let us call or write or e-mail our senators and representatives and tell them we are paying attention. And please, let us remember this mess. Please let us remember it all, how exhausting and embarrassing it is. Please let us remember it all when Election Day comes around again.