Sunday, December 03, 2006

U.S. Congress Does Nothing

In a recent article in the Washington Post Lame-Duck Congress May Run Out the Clock, Jonathan Weisman tells us that Congress is prepared to take their paychecks and do nothing this month. Many members of Congress are not even going to show up for work at all. The rest plan to do absolutely nothing of importance.

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That will mean this Congress will have spent the least time in session of any in at least half a century, according to Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, congressional historians and the authors of "The Broken Branch," a critical look at recent Congresses. In the time they have met, lawmakers have failed to approve a budget resolution or pass at least eight of the 11 annual spending bills.

They do plan to give more tax breaks to rich business people.

"There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle," says Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)... "Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. We're tired."

If their shelf life really has expired we need to see that they are exposed for fraud and corruption and kicked out like former Rep. Ney and the others.

Many of these people are the same ones that sentenced nearly 3,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to death in the pointless Iraqi Civil War. They dare to talk of battle fatigue.

Here was one of the most relevant comments posted to that article:

Congress only does (or does not do) what the people who elected them allow them to do. If enough people took action and forced their legislators to do real work, these deadbeats would have to work. Half of Americans do not even vote. When was the last time you wrote your Senator or Congressman or attended a local meeting or took any civic action whatsoever? Do you teach your children to participate in government? Are schools teaching civics? We get what we deserve. Lazy, corrupt leadership at all levels is the direct result of a lazy electorate.

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