Last week’s ignominious failure of the Deficit Reduction Committee to put forward even a basic outline for fiscal austerity leaves America shaking its head in shame, and what amazed me was the seeming lack of shame members of the committee exhibited. It’s as if they want the United States to go down the same road as Greece and Italy, needing bailouts from the IMF in order to avoid bankruptcy before Christmas.
Further, their apathy appears to have been unshaken by the $1.2 trillion cut provision should they not have agreed to a deal equaling at least that amount. Maybe they came together and said, “Well, hey, we either find $1.2 trillion to cut or it gets cut anyway. Let’s let someone else figure it out.” There’s still 13 more months to go before the provision takes effect, but I am doubtful that anything will get done in the meantime-they just don’t have it in them.
Put simply, the super committee’s public statement was pathetic-almost as pathetic as their inability to produce a plan. It read like an Academy Award acceptance speech. “We’d like to thank all of those who made this moment possible.” Well, it wasn’t quite that bad, but who thanks staff and the American people when nothing was accomplished?
We know it was tough, difficult, challenging, daunting…whatever word you choose to use, but that still doesn’t soften the fact that the markets have fallen precipitously. Furthermore, while the world is focused on debt crises in the EU, they still have a watchful eye on the United States.
The world’s creditors are scratching their collective heads and investors are still reluctant to make positive moves. This mess is looking more and more like the perfect storm, yet members of Congress continue to mill around and say, “Well, we tried…”
That’s not good enough. At this point, it is like what Master Yoda said to a young Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,” “Do or do not. There is no try.” Get it done Congress, that’s what we elected you for.
Pundits will be busying themselves predicting the political fallout of the super committee, but there’s no question that the biggest losers are undoubtedly the incumbents, all of them. Democrat, Republican, (independent?), doesn’t matter. Every last one of them has lost the respect of the American people. The shockwaves from this debacle will roll out slowly and, with each day that passes, public approval ratings of Congress will plummet more and more, giving the incumbents a whole lot of explaining to do. December will be even tougher, as major pieces of legislation demand attention before the clock runs out, and boy is it ticking away.
This Congress is a lost cause. There is really no other way to say it. Even when faced with the intense pressure of producing something, anything, they do not. It’s as if they are so deeply mired in apathy that they can’t get their eyes above the fray to see how they’re affecting this great nation of ours. It’s time to recall the entire Congress. I’m not sure if that’s even possible, but it certainly reflects the attitude of Americans nationwide. They’re fed up, and justifiably so. Why not send all of the congressmen and women home? And I don’t mean wait for an election and vote them out. I mean send them home now.
Already across the country, there are recalls for governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Rick Snyder of Michigan. No matter their political affiliation, the frustration over the current lot of incumbents in Congress is boiling over. Would this country really be worse off if every elected member of Congress was replaced and we started over? I think not. Career politicians have done us no good.
The funny part is we may actually end up with some individuals who go into Congress to enact policy, make the necessary decisions on which programs to fund and which ones to avoid. For too long our elected officials have simply said what the voters wanted to hear while continuing to fall prey to ever increasing levels of political extremism and special interests, serving no one but themselves.
In the end, we all, as citizens and taxpayers, suffer because of the poor decisions made. Isn’t it time we hold our elected officials accountable? Every year it’s the same story: promises, promises, promises and little to no follow through. How have we stood for this for so long?
In all seriousness, why not recall Congress? Can we really do any worse than what we have with the current lot? I highly doubt it, especially when considering that the current state of affairs in the United States has more Americans wanting to get active and have their voice heard than any other time since the ’70s. That’s saying something, and Washington should listen.
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