Congress-America’s Version of the Keystone Cops!

by Richard H. Frank

I cannot imagine what a visitor from any foreign country must think about the workings of the United States Congress should they be watching “CSpan” and the debate on raising the national debt ceiling and addressing the uncontrolled spending of our Federal Government.  As each member of the House and Senate rises to speak, they all agree that default on the national debt is unacceptable and that the limit must be raised.  Additionally, they all agree that spending must be curtailed and reversed if the Republic is to survive.  Agreement on these two principles is unanimous, but having once uttered these words, that is where agreement ends.  Political ideology and the  urge to campaign for re-election with one branch of our equal branches of Government to hold power and reign over the others takes precident.

There seems to be no room for serious debate on the issues.  Debate has evolved to a non-stop spewing of talking points, outright lies, demagoging and fear tactics by our elected Representatives in an effort to blame the opposing political party for creating the problems we face instead of taking the appropriate steps to solve the immediate crisis.

The practice of running down the crisis clock in a last-ditch effort to achieve a political advantage has become the norm in Washington, D.C. and the tactic employed to pass legislation through Congress that places a band-aid on a ruptured artery.

The real solution to our fiscal dilemma is to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that will force Congress to live within our Nation’s means.  Why would Congress object to such an Amendment when up to 80% of Americans favor the change to our Constitution?  The answer is simple. Congress wishes to have no limits placed upon their powers, which is truly what our Founding Fathers worried about most.  Today, our Congress simply ignores the existing limitations enumerated in the Constitution and passes whatever suits their political advantage.

The gamesmanship also,staggers the imagination.  Once considered a bastion of ideas, support for the American people, and firm patriotic adherence to the Constitution and to the Rules of each House of Congress, the daily maneuverings on the Hill have turned into backroom, closed-door deals, last-minute upsmanship, and complete disdain of the desires of the American people.  When watching the passionate,  patriotic speech of the newly elected member of the Senate, Marco Rubio, yesterday, one wonders how soon the corruption and arrogance of Washington will take to get to him.  You saw that it is inevitable (unless We the People stay engaged), that he could become a sullen, uninterested, old Rino like Senator Lautenburg, who followed Rubio’s speech with “words, just words” concocted by his staff.

America got it right in 2010 and sent the message to Congress that they will no longer accept ‘business as usual” in Congress.  So today, like carnivores, Congress turns on their own to achieve their ends, and anyone that goes against the Establishment is labeled as an extremist set upon destruction of the American way of life.

To make matters worse, our man-child President, Barack Obama, does not hesitate to use fear tactics against our senior citizens, veterans and military personnel to advance his socialist agenda and re-election goals.  For myself, an American that worked and contributed to this Nation for 48 working years, served honorably in the military and cared for my family, I can only wonder what has become of this magnificent Nation, founded under God.

We have become addicted to the welfare state and entitlements to the point that less than half of our citizens contribute to the Nation through taxes.  The Federal Government has all but destroyed the meaning of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution and made the States and the people subservient to Washington, D.C.

Apparently, we need to send the message once again in 2012 to Congress that the old guard politicians will be out along with Barack Obama and be replaced by those persons having a regard for our Constitution and the principles set forth by our  Founding Fathers.