Stalemate

Can someone point me to a piece of substantial legislation, something that will provide a significant benefit to America, or that will correct a serious deficiency, that has been passed by Congress since January of 2011, when the crop of 2010 elected Congress critters took their seats?

Admittedly, I don’t read every piece of legislation that gets signed by the President, and I don’t really keep tabs on everything passing through the two chambers of Congress, but it seems to this relatively uninformed blogger that not much has been accomplished in Washington since January.

This latest bit of news, another defeat of a section of Obama’s jobs bill, seems to be symptomatic of the current state of legislation.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans in the Senate have killed legislation sponsored by President Barack Obama to spend $60 billion on building and repairing roads, rail lines and other infrastructure to help kick-start the sluggish economy.

Apparently the Republicans are content to simply allow the country to coast along on its reputation, blithely ignoring the meltdown of the economy, the 9% unemployment rate, and the unrest and dissatisfaction of the 99% of the country presently occupying the city streets, while their candidates for the election a year from now tromp from debate to debate in the hopes of eventually taking Obama’s job. The sole reason for our Congress to exist, it seems, is to set the stage for a Presidential election, and not to run the country, which is what we actually pay them to do.

I can’t imagine that’s what our Founding Fathers’ contemplated when they drafted our Constitution.

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In other News, Sarah Palin asks:

“My question to the Occupy Wall Street crowd is, ‘Where have you been the last three years?'”

That’s ironically funny, if you think about it. It’s the exact same question I asked of the Tea Party when they showed up on the scene a year ago, only I didn’t limit the time frame to 3 years, but the 8 years of Bush. What OWS is complaining about is not what the White House has done in the past three years, but what the White House allowed the banks, insurance companies, and money handlers of Wall Street to do to us for the past eleven years – transfer wealth from us to them. To quote Michele Bachmann:

 “A vocal minority called Occupy Wall Street believes that the problem we face is capitalism or free markets. It’s not,” …”The problem is government doing what both the constitution and decent morality prohibit, that is cronyism capitalism, or forcefully taking your money for the purpose of paying off a politician’s political friends.”

It’s ironic that that actually came from a Republican’s mouth but since it’s Bachmann, I’ll have to assume that she wasn’t really listening to herself. Or her handlers failed to proofread the speech beforehand. So, yes, in one sense, I agree with Palin and Bachmann. But it started in 2001, reached a crescendo in 2008, and it took another three years for anyone to really get pissed off about what’s wrong.

Where has everyone been for the last eleven years?

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  1. In other News, Sarah Palin asks:

    “My question to the Occupy Wall Street crowd is, ‘Where have you been the last three years?’”

    Easy Sarah. For every action, there’s a reaction.

    Since the Tea Party Republicans have been running the show, we see them attacking the social safety net and trying to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood because of the deficit, but ruling out any increase in taxes or addressing the problem of a tax code that has been skewed to overwhelmingly favor the wealthy.

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