You’re Out Of Touch or Another Fine Mess You’ve Got Us Into

Congress is so out of touch with the real thoughts of America one can only laugh or cry. Just thinking of what they have done to solve the debt crises makes my head hurt so I have chosen to laugh about it. Tis a classic example of no one being accountable for anything.

The US  Constitution enables all of the power of the government to be given to 545 people. That would be 1 President, 9 Supreme Court Justices and 535 members of Congress (435 in the house and 100 in the senate) The President tells us that we should write our congressman if we are unhappy because he can’t get them to do anything (thereby abdicating all responsibility/accountability for the mess). And they have given all their power to fix the deficit to 12 people…… a Super Committee of 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans. That means that the financial fate of over 300 million  people hangs in the hands of 12 people to do what they were unable to do in full session(for 4 decades)……….and they have to do it in 3 months. Does this remind anyone else but me of Laurel and Hardy?

Yes they have a trigger that kicks in with” draconian” cuts if they fail. But you have to ask yourself will they really let it kick in when they fail to do the impossible? Of course not ………they will find a way around it because it’s an election year and even though they have tried diligently to avoid losing any votes to angry victims of their ineptness they will have to sell it as somehow needing more time to fix………until after the 2012 elections.

So let’s review, the President abdicates to congress while reminding us that we should have a shared burden to reduce the deficit. Congress can’t figure out how to “share the burden” so they pass the ball to a SC with a purposely & impossibly contrived timeline armed by a doomsday trigger that they never intend to pull.  And btw………….it’s all the tea party’s fault.

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2 Responses

  1. > the President abdicates to congress

    I think that’s a bit harsh. We theoretically got rid of the monarchy as a result of the revolution. The Presdent *executes* Congressional action and presents a budget. But too many folks think the President should be the principal actor.

    I may be wrong, but I do not believe there is a lot of original (that is, the Constitutional Convention, federalist papers, etc.) historical record that the President, as opposed to Congress, should be the principal actor in government. The States formed the Union and Congress is the body that represents the States.

    Now, it is true that Congress is dysfunctional but that has to do with the fact that it an institution that is over 200 years old and was NEVER designed to be fact acting. The whole government is designed not to be fast acting. The House and Senate must agree and in the Senate 41 Senators can stop it all. Then, the President must agree or there is a veto. Finally, the Supreme Court must agree the law is constitutional.

    The Constitution intentionally created a government where it is extremely difficult to do anything unless there is consensus at all levels. There is very little consensus in this country and it is not going to get better in that regard.

    What do you think about a parliamentary form of government? That can bring quick action!

  2. “I think that’s a bit harsh. We theoretically got rid of the monarchy as a result of the revolution. The Presdent *executes* Congressional action and presents a budget. But too many folks think the President should be the principal actor.”

    We have had weak, do nothing and strong Presidents, the office allows all 3 styles. There have been different men (as it happens) for different times. The country has changed enormously since we began our constitutional republic. The President can now address the nation as a whole and influence popular opinion in ways that were not possible before mass communication. It is enormous power.Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan are examples of strong Presidents with vastly different styles. So its not just the power of the Veto but it is public opinion that the successful President wields. Obama wanted National Healthcare and staked his image on ramming it through, well it cost him in the polls. And his continuous anti business attitude has cost him with the voters as well. He has indeed lost the power of public opinion on keeping Congress in line and they are seemingly in shock still to find that people are truly angry with them (personally) so they posture and do their little dances while Obama remains ineffectively on the sidelines telling them to “eat their peas.” If the US Supreme Court rules against the Individual Mandate before the election of 2012 I predict we will have a different President.

    I thought Hardy did a good job representing the GOP and Laurel was perfect for the Dems. It was kinda hard to get their little jig timed just right with MIck but after hours and hours of practice they pulled it off much to the amusement of the court in the background.

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