Published: Tuesday, Oct. 26 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT
Don't expect anything to change after the election. Tea Party types want to
shut the government down completely. They think doing nothing is better than
what is happening today.Also, the existing Republican powerbrokers
in Congress, after two years of "Just Say No" will probably continue this
strategy for the next two years. Since the "new" Republicans, under the
leadership of Mitch McConnell and John "Orange Skin" Boehner don't want Barack
Obama, with a Republican Congress, to have any success during his
administration, they will continue to with the dynfunction until the 2012
election. Depending upon the outcome, we can face either another
four years of Republican obstruction and nothing getting done or we can have
four years of Republican policies like those that existed during the Bush years.
As for the economy, they have no intentions of making things better
until their wealthy backers gets their's first! That's the name of the game.
The haves always get theirs long before any scraps are allowed to trickle down
to the have-nots.
The real problem is money in politics, vastly exacerbated by the execrable
Citizens United decision. Out representatives all spend way more time
fundraising than they do working on legislation, and once the money is raised,
they don't dare offend any of their big money donors.
It is far better that Congress "do nothing" than to turn this Country into the
welfare state that the left-wing so desperately desires.The
Republicans in Congress should be applauded for fighting against the welfare
state programs proposed by the left. Indeed, it is the Republicans who are
honoring the legacy of the Founding Fathers.The Fathers believed
that for this Country to become strong, the people must take care of themselves
without government handouts. The Fathers knew that government handouts have only
one result: a lazy, slothful population that is unfit for productive work.In short, it is better for Congress to do nothing than to adopt leftist
policies that would destroy this Country.
I find it very ironic how political grandstanding and bloc voting as a party is
evidently essential to get funding. The Court decision to open the flood gates
on certain types of funding will prove to be not in our best interests. The one
decision that we rushed to was the war in iraq with a convincing majority. Ironic, is it not, that we were so willing to spend a $trillion on 30
million people in a foreign land plus sacrifice the lives of our soldiers, but
to spend perhaps close to that amount of money for 40 or so million people in
this country is a bitter and contentious thing.
Gridlock resides in the Senate, courtesy of the Republicans using the
filibuster. The House of Representatives has passed over 400 pieces
of legislation which the Senate hasn't taken action on. The number
of Judges confirmed by the Senate is at an all-time low. Senate Republicans
even refuse to confirm the Judges which have wide support of Republicans. Things are only going to get worse after this election.
GusWhy have bankers done so well under this administrations reign of
terror? Everybody does poorly except Timmy Geihtner and his wall street
buddies. Curious, isn't it?One thing is certain, the system has been
corrupted by long-term power-hungry politicians. I want them to do
absolutly nothing in the way of more spending programs. I want them to do
something, if it means cutting the fat in government. Less taxes and less
regulations means more freedom for the individual. The vision of the founders
is becomming a distant dream. Sad.
The filibuster is not in the Constitution. Its rules have been altered in the
past and need to be fixed again to allow both parties a chance to advance
legislation, but not block the other from voting on a program that has the
support of the majority. Then let the voters decide which group was correct.
That is why electing a single, independent, Tea Party member can effect change
in the system.The Republicans think they are being cute, with a
single member holding up legislation for all of Congress. They live under the
delusion that when they return to power, the Democrats won't be smart enough to
use the same tactics.The Tea Party knows that trick too. They could
single handedly hold up legislation for both parties. True gridlock is our
future, until Congress amends their rules to align with what the founding
fathers envisioned. An up or down vote on single issue legislation. No riders
attached to the bill which give money to a special interest.
I believe it's true that Congress has gradually made themselvs irrelevant,
redundant and insignificant.Congress was INTENDED to be a critical
part of our government. A co_equal_branch that was strong enough, and still
connected to the people of the individual states enough... to CHECK the power
and runaway_agenda of any ONE_MAN or any ONE_STATE (or a combination/conspiracy
of uber_powerfull men/states). But Congress has gradually GIVEN their power to
the Executive_Branch.A travesty.The
founding_fathers didn't want to be lead/ruled by any ONE_MAN or
power_consortium.They designed this system to have constant CHECKS
to insure BALANCE on power... So the country would be lead by a
United_PEOPLE/United_States... NOT a Tyrant. They also didn't want
the OTHER danger... the country being Bi_Polar, with ONE_MAN/Party mandating
THEIR personal agenda each 4_years, so the course of the Ship_of_State totally
reverses every 4_years getting us NOWHERE.Equally abhorant was the
opposite situation (our current situation)... where it doesn't matter WHO is
elected... The same powerfull_groups control BOTH_parties so regardless of who
WE elect... We get the exact same results. Giving us NO power to change.Congress NEEDS power to BALANCE the Executive and Judicial Branches.
Before the national debt, the economy, immigration, energy, wars, etc., your
State should do just this. You run the state the way you run your household, the
way you run your business. Step one is accountability in budgeting. You watch
how you spend every dollar. Next, we have to downsize state government.
It’s gotten way too big in the past few years. Every time the public
sector grows, the private sector shrinks and jobs go away. We've got to keep
only the regulation that's important to consumers. We need a governor in our
state that's going to go out there every day and talk to people in our state and
outside our state and say, why don't you grow in our state? Why don't you expand
your business in our state?. Next we've got to drop taxes. Drive property tax
rates down by 19 percent and phase out the business tax. This will be the
number-one state for doing business in the country. You look at the expansion
of the economies in Central and South America. Look at the Panama Canal
expansion. They don't have an income tax. Why not?.
Mitch McConnell was asked the other day what his number one priority would be if
the Republicans take back congress. His answer was "to make sure that Barack
Obama is a one term president". Not the economy, not jobs, not the deficit, not
taxes or spending, not energy, not healthcare, just to make sure Obama fails.We can expect the Republicans to do everything in their power to make
the economy as bad as it can possibly be so their candidate has a better shot in
Roland hit the nail on the head.When the Senate Minority leader has
his number one priority "to make sure Obama is a one term president"of
course nothing will get done.Our parties have become so polarized
that they want to stop ANYTHING by the "OTHER" party that may be seen as a
win.How pathetic is that? How will anything good ever come out of
Congress with that attitude?They will admittedly stop even the good
legislation.Republicans are now going so far as to hold up
legislation that THEY THEMSELVES WROTE.People, we need to wake up.
Both parties do some good and some bad. Are you more about the
country or your party?Rhetorical question. I already know.
Congress has only the authority that the people of this country has authorized.
We, the people, have authorized Congress to act in 17 specific areas. Medicare
is not one of those areas. Social Security is not on of those areas. The Tea
Party does not define the issues that have priority. The Constitution defines
those issues. For any group to blame Republicans or Democrats for
the mess that we're in, is to ignore the big picture. Mr. Obama has absolutely
no respect for the Constitution. He would sign any law that he deems
worthwhile, regardless of the fact whether the people has authorized Congress to
pass that law or whether the people has authorized him to sign that law.A renegade Congress must be stopped. A renegade President must be
stopped.When Congress acts outside the boundaries that the people
have set, they must be stopped, even if that means that nothing is passed. Any
President that signs into law any bill that is contrary to the Constitution must
be stopped, even if that President is Mr. Obama.This Country is
owned by the people, not by the government. The people have final say, not
When you say congress does nothing, dont you mean the senate? Nancy Pelosi and
the democrats in the house have passed hundreds of bills and nominations just
waiting to be heard or even brought to the floor of the senate. The republicans
,including Hatch in the senate have fillabustered every piece of legeslation for
the last 2 years. Its a tribute to the democrats that anything has been done.
When you say congress does nothing, put the blame where it should go. Directly
on the republicans. Bills to give tax breaks to businesses to leave jobs in our
country, fillabustered. Healthcare, financial reform, you name it, they have
opposed it. Even if they themselves brought it up in the first place. Their
intentions are to make sure Obama fails, and in the meantime, America Fails.
I long for the day when Congress adjourns immediately upon beginning a new
session, saying "It would be best if we did nothing this year."That
would be a wise Congress indeed.
And you can thank your Republican judges for helping Congress!Republican Judges last year eliminated the 80 year old limitation on campaign
contributions given to senators by corporations. Your government is
now run by corporations. Congress's constituents aren't you or I, but those who
pay the most (big business). Best government money can buy! And you
can thank your free market Republicans (the same guys responsible for Iraq,
Afghanistan, wall street running roughshot over us, and the banks being
deregulated) for it! Thanks guys!
Mr Richards,you write "A renegade Congress must be
stopped. A renegade President must be stopped."Based on your
statements, can you cite any Congress or any President that DIDN'T need to be
stopped?Did you cry as loudly as G W Bush signed Medicare Part D
into law?Consistency people, Consistency. Thats all I ask.
The Real Maverick | 3:16 p.m.You're starting to loose touch with
reality, and slip into Leftist-Rhetoric-Vill.Pull up! Pull up!Congress was doing this same thing LONG before the regulations for
political donations changed.And remember... This regulation went
into affect when the LEFT held the White_House, majority in the Supreme_Court,
and a SUPER_MAJORITY in BOTH houses of Congress... When Republicans controled
NOTHING!So you're going to have a REAL hard time blaming THIS on the
Republicans who controled NOTHING when it went into affect.Your Republicans are the rich, Democrats are the poor stereotype is so
out of date it's ridiculus. Drop the rhetoric and stereotypeing.
You loose all credibility when you pull out those stereotypes everybody
knows are old-timey and not accurate today. Everybody knows the DEMOCRATS are
Rich today. Some evidence...-Kennedy, -John Kerry, -Obama
(made $5 Million last year)-Clinton (paid $5 Million on wedding last
year)-Democrats now control the majority of the nation's wealthiest
congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are
concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.Sorry, but your lame stereotype ist_kaput!
I agree that members of Congress from both parties mostly worry about
re-election and how to consolidate their own power. I disagree that the
gridlock in congress is always (or even often) a bad thing. Most "congressional
solutions" involve them spending more taxpayer money for extra programs. The
real solution is to let liberty reign and to tighten the belt around government
spending - simplify government rather than expand it. Usually, government
solutions may assist with one problem while causing a much larger problem
somewhere else (or even with the original problem). All Americans
should look closely at what has been happening over the last few months in
Britain, France, Greece, and Cuba and ask ourselves if we really want to expand
the role of government in our own country. It simply doesn't work and all of
these countries are trimming their government payrolls and socialist programs
and moving more toward the free market.
Why would a congressman take any leadership on any issue whatsoever? Regardless
of what they do or what they vote on, their opponents in the next election will
run ads featuring them. They will include a negative or unflattering photo
image, and headlines or other quotes taken out of context presented by an
ominous voice over eerie music. Yeah, this is productive stuff, boys and girls.
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