Monday, July 18, 2011

Random Thought: fire everyone in Congress and start over

Random thought: The term "Congress" has several meanings, but first among them is "the act of coming together and meeting."

We have representatives who meet, but refuse to come together for reasons of perceived political gain. Since they are not doing what we elected them to do, that is be a "Congress", why can't we just fire them all?

I’ve heard the argument that the longer you're in Congress, the more effective you are.

Given the results of that effectiveness (as in current Congressional gridlock), wouldn't it be better to fire them all and start over in 2012?

The only people who seem to think that Congressman should have no term limits are Congressman and the people with their hands in their Congressman’s pockets. How the hell can we expect change when we have 85-year old Congressmen who have spent a major portion of their life holding down a Congressional seat? They cling to their old ways of thinking and resist any change that will dilute their power, or the power of their cronies.

 cartoon source for Senators running down steps -  cartoon source for Pig on Capitol Building


Rose said...

How 'bout you just start with the ones who DIDN'T pass a budget when they were supposed to? How about you start with the one who is now complaining that it's just TOO much trouble to be driven down the street for budget negotiations.... How about you start with the ones who took us from January 20, 2009, $6.31 trillion to $9.75 trillion today...


April 29, 2009 Congressional Democrats Pass FY2010 Budget... The Congressional Democrats’ budget calls for a $2 trillion debt increase in 2010, and another 8.9% increase in non-defense discretionary spending.

The reconciliation process is abused to later pave the way for health care overhaul to be jammed into law.
Of note: this is the last time Congressional Democrats will bother budgeting.

April 15, 2010 Congressional Democrats Decide Not to Do a Budget for FY2011 The 1974 Budget Act requires Congress to pass a budget each year by April 15.

In an unprecedented budget failure, House Democrats not only failed to pass a budget – they opted to not even propose a budget. Debt Held by Public = $8.39 trillion

April 15, 2011 House Passes FY2012 Budget Resolution The House-passed budget cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade, saves Medicare, strengthens the social safety net, lifts the crushing burden of debt, and spurs economic growth and job creation.

Senate Democrats fail to meet their legal requirement to pass a budget by April 15. Debt Held by Public = $9.68 trillion

May 13, 2011... President Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to engage in a partisan campaign to attack efforts to save and strengthen these critical programs – while offering no serious solutions of their own. Debt Held by Public = $9.67 trillion

July 15, 2011 President Holds Press Conference: “We’re Running Out of Time” to Deal with Debt."

Oh, really?

I don't know what they're spiking the Kool-Aid with these days, but it's some powerful stuff indeed.

And what does the media do? They stack their polls with Democrats and then claim "the public" holds the Republicans responsible for the budget mess.

Dave Stancliff said...

No problem Rose.
We have to start somewhere.

Bottom line: all the bastards need to go...and should be replaced by non-career politicians who only pull one term (as a service to their country)and then they move on.

What do you think?

Tom Holloway said...

What bothers me is if they do a crappy job and are not reelected to another term (read fired) they collect full retirement pay. some how doesnt seem right.

Anonymous said...

We need to put them all on notice. They work for us but seem to have forgotten that tidbit. We can not support our government as large as it is now. Interview them keep the least corrupt and fear will straighten them up. All term offices, same insurance and retirement as us and go back to previous jobs. Serving is an honor not a get rich deal. Put corporations back to the free market and get the government out of it! The money we save from all the ones that lose their jobs will go on our debt. Do away with IRS. Take OUR country back while we still own some of it. It is being sold right out from under us so certain ones can live the good life at our expense. Please some body save us.