2013 was another year Congress wasted playing politics against our first black president.
During the paltry 126 days (from as many as 16 days in June to as few as 2 days in August) the 113th Congress actually ‘worked’ in 2013, it passed 65 relatively minor bills (no immigration reform, no jobs bills, no energy independence initiatives, etc.) while managing to waste billions of dollars on a pointless government shutdown and risk America’s credit rating on an illogical near-default on the national debt (obligations authorized for payment by the House and Senate – not the president).
By comparison, until yesterday, the 112th Congress held the ‘do-nothing’ record with 231 bills passed.
As a CNN/ORC International poll released just last Thursday reported, Americans are not happy: Nearly 66% of all Americans surveyed said that Congress wasted the entire year of 2013.
Keating Holland, CNN’s Polling Director, issued a revealing statement about the CNN/ORC poll results: "That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young, old - all think this year's Congress has been the worst they can remember. Older Americans - who have lived through more congresses - hold more negative views of the 113th Congress than younger Americans. Republicans, Democrats and independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in their lifetimes."
If you agree with those who say that elected representatives in Washington, D.C. should work more than 126 days a year to improve the economy, rebuild our educational system, power grid, and infrastructure, make America truly energy independent, and pull millions of men, women, and children out of poverty for the $174,000.00 average annual salary plus benefits they receive, you may want to contact Republican House Majority Eric Cantor, the fellow who currently sets the House calendar.
Whether or not you get in touch with Cantor, the question that begs to be answered on the first day of 2014 is, will you allow Congress to waste another year?
And, if so, why so?
I know what you’re thinking: Davy . . . what can I do? I am just one person! Why should one person try to change the United States Congress!
Perhaps you’ll listen to Abraham Lincoln who so wisely said, “Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
If you agree that elections do indeed belong to you, why not regularly contact your representatives in the House and Senate to demand that they stop wasting their time and your money playing political games and get on with the business of improving the quality of life for all Americans?
And, if you agree that it is your decision, why not vote in the midterm election next November against the men and women in Congress who’ve consistently refused to put the interests of the nation ahead of political gamesmanship?
Or, would you rather sit on your blisters?
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