Monday, July 25, 2011

What Congress?

Good Monday Morning.

The obstreperous of Washington continue to be obstinate, egotistic, and alleged representatives of what was once a country of compromise. The greatness of our democracy is its ability to come together, to reason, to legislate for the common good and for the good of the whole.

All sides know that the debt ceiling must be raised to avoid an embarrassing default in a global economic community.

Each side is playing with the lives of citizens. The idiocy of brinkmanship ended when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Yes, we need to cut spending. Each congressman should look at their own back yard for the pork they authorize in order to insure their reelection. Yes, we need to raise revenue on all economic strata and it needs to be done with civility and fairness.

To some of congress, compromise is a sign of weakness and a betrayal of the ad hoc groups that put them there. In their zeal few realize that the foundation of beneficial legislation is cemented with courtesy not confrontation and with compromise not conflict.

The absolutists of all political philosophies cannot see a future beyond their own beliefs and are seemingly willing to play with the stability of the country because they will not be affected by any of their actions.

Congress is immune. It has its own financial security. It has its own health system. It has its perks and pleasures and it has become an elite club of spoiled rich bureaucrats.

America’s future is being fractionalized and there are no statesmen or stateswomen in Congress to counter the iconic, the myopic and the temporarily powerful.

I’m tired of it.

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