When Adolescents Govern!

by Richard H. Frank

It would appear that the 112th Congress has picked up where the 111th left off with one major difference.  That difference is now exemplified by the House and the Senate attempting to demonstrate which body possesses the bigger balls.  Like two tough guys feeling the effects of puberty and the rush of testosterone when confronted with something they do not like or agree with, they have drawn a line in the sand daring the other to step over and join their position for resolution of the matter.

The latest example has filled the news and talk shows as both Houses of Congress agree that an extension of the payroll tax holiday, extension of unemployment benefits and associated deferment for reducing payments to Medicare doctors must be passed.  The House of Representatives passed such a bill allowing these measures to continue for one and two years respectively.  The Senate, however, amended the House Bill to extend for 60 days during which time the Senate would tinker with language that they are not in agreement with.  Further, the Senate under direction of Harry Reid, refuses to participate in a conference committee to resolve the issues between the House and Senate versions of the Bill.  This even though such a measure is prescribed under the Constitution.  Instead, our elected Representatives have manufactured yet another crisis and elevated the blame game to a new level that accuses the other side of being the Scrooge or the Grinch as we approach the Christmas season.  In addition, we see a complete lack of leadership in our President as he Christmas shops with his dog instead of demanding that the Senate get back from their holiday and get the job done of passing a one-year extension.

How sad for our Country and stupid of the politicians to play their political games with an issue they supposedly all support.  let’s face it, this is just creating political fodder to demonize their opponents as we approach the 2012 general elections.

This childish display by the Congress in Washington may just be the catalyst for the elecctorate to clean house on both sides of the aisle in November, 2012.

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