Rational Nation USA
The scales of justice. Or perhaps they should simply be viewed as balance scales. At any rate they ought to be on display daily in Congress and all congressional offices.
It might be just my lone opinion but Congress has been perpetually out of balance for years. Congressman seem to have acquired more of a taste for the hunt (campaigning) than for the work the people elect them to do.
I know, the last congress did work hard. Hard at passing legislation they themselves didn't read (most notably ObamaCare), or if they did they failed to understand their own laws. Most certainly they acted in all manners of irrationality and passed bills and that obviously have failed to right our ship or build a stronger foundation.
But the gamesmanship will continue.
Congressman Boehner (soon to be Speaker of the House), and Mitch McConnell (Senate minority leader) in a joint letter said... next to nothing. Or at least nothing we haven't heard many times before. These two "leaders" will soon sit down to do the People's business with their Democratic counterparts and, no doubt, proceed to blow all sorts of smoke. For they indeed live in a grand environment of smoke and mirrors. Not one bit different that that of their adversaries.
Of course, as we all know it's about power.
And so it is likely over the next 24 months we will witness grand displays of, well, grandstanding by the leadership of both parties. Lots of rhetoric, lots of finger pointing, and likely not much will change. It is don'tcha know all about winning. Even at the expense of the truth. The next election is just around the corner and retaining congressional power (and gaining the senate) is the goal. Of course for the Democrats it will be an all out war to regain majority control of Congress.
I guess its always been this way to some extent. But in our time it seems like perpetual campaigning has taken front and center. This being the case how are we to expect results and the change the majority of us want.
Here are selected excerpts from Boehner's and McConnell's most recent "lack of substance" statement.
When congressional leaders of both parties meet at the White House today, all of us will have an opportunity to show the American people that we got the message of the elections earlier this month.
Republicans heard the voters loud and clear. They want us to focus on preventing a tax hike on every taxpayer, reining in Washington spending and making it easier for employers to start hiring again. Today, Republican leaders renew our offer to work with anyone, from either party, who is ready to focus on the priorities of the American people.
Republicans got the message voters have been delivering for more than a year. That's why we made a pledge to America to cut spending, rein in government, and permanently extend the current tax rates so small-business owners won't get hit with a massive tax hike at the end of December. That's what Americans want. And that's the message Republicans will bring to the meeting today. In other words, you'll have a voice at that table.
We can work together and accomplish these things, but the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress first will have to prioritize. It's time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base. It's time to get serious.
Now we have a real chance to move away from the misplaced priorities of the past two years and work together on common-sense proposals that will build a foundation for the economic rebound we all want.
Together, we can focus on the things Americans want us to do - not on what government wants Americans to accept. The clock may be winding down on this session of Congress, but there is still time to do the right thing. If President Obama and Democratic leaders put forward a plan during the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop the tax hikes on all Americans, they can count on a positive response from Republicans. If the president and Democratic leaders don't act before the end of the year, however, House and Senate Republicans will work to get the job done in the new Congress. But we hope it doesn't come to that.
Perhaps you will be following up with specific plans as to just how you intend proceed in accomplishing your goals, and that of the people who elected you.
The voters want us to show that we heard them, and Republicans are ready to work with anyone who is willing to do just that.
We'll soon see if there is sincerity in the words of these two "gentlemen." The rhetoric remains the same. The reality however is Congress hasn't reined in spending for as long as I can remember. Neither party has. Clinton left office with a balanced budget but that required revenues exceed expenditures. He enjoyed a bristling economy and higher tax rates.
It is time BOTH parties get honest and truthful with the people. As an independent conservative I am a strong advocate for limiting the scope of government as well as its spending. I say the same about over regulation that indeed hurts businesses. Our nation needs strong defenses, however we cannot continue to fight an endless stream of wars that is a continual drain on our treasury.
And while your at it Congress (and Senators and President) why don't you stop your support of corporatism that is breaking the backs of the American people.
Just one man's opinion. I'd love to hear yours.