Monday, October 18, 2010

Why Congress still Failed

Oh the AP. You gotta either love them or think they’re pathetic. More than likely the latter though, considering their continuous kiss-up approach to liberal theology.

(And yes, liberalism is a religion, something akin to Scientology in its predisposition towards the ridiculous.)

Take the following article they put out this morning, as posted below with my snarky – but accurate, insightful and well-deserved – comments.

It starts out with the grossly misleading and watered-down: “The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century.”

“Panned” it? Some word choice to describe the righteous outrage shown at town meetings and rallies for well over a year now. That word is so infrequently used that I had to look it up.

And I feel the need to point out once again that Republicans couldn’t obstruct anything for the first year. Democrats had super majorities in Congress until Scott Brown came along. Blame the party of “yes” for not being able to pass their own stupid plans.

Congress’ Very Significant Record of Ignoring the American People

The article continues: “Not since the explosive years of the civil rights movement and the hard-fought debut of government-supported health care for the elderly and poor have so many big things — love them or hate them — been done so quickly.”

Ummm… Newsflash: Doing things quickly isn’t always a good thing. In fact, more often then not, it indicates shoddy work and shoddy results.

“Gridlock? It may feel that way. But that's not the story of the 111th Congress — not the story history will remember.”

Edit much?

“Democrats are dearly hoping history won't repeat itself. In 1966, after Democrats created Medicare and Medicaid and passed civil rights laws, they got hammered in the election, losing 48 seats in the House and four in the Senate. They maintained their majorities in both at the time, but an identical result next month would turn the House over to Republicans.

“In the 1960s Democrats paid the price for events largely outside their control — an escalating war in Vietnam going badly, rowdy anti-war protests and violence in American cities, said Linda Fowler, professor of government at Dartmouth College.

“‘I think that's what's going on this time too,’ Fowler said, ‘despite a very significant record of accomplishment.’”

Can we have a second opinion on this? An intelligent one this time? Democrats got knocked back then – and will get knocked this time as well – because they didn’t listen to the people who put them into power in the first place. Not to mention how that “escalating war in Vietnam” was Kennedy’s doing. And Kennedy was a Democrat.

As for the whole, so-called peace movement? What party is and has been responsible for promoting animosity towards American troops? Certainly not the Democrats, now headed by a man can’t bring himself to even say the word “victory” much less promote it.

“Democrats struggling now to retain majorities in the House and Senate must deal with a public that is quick to blame Washington for the prolonged economic downturn, and that resents the bank bailouts that were actually passed by the previous Congress.”

Those bailouts were fully supported by Nancy Pelosi – who was and still is Speaker of the House – and Harry Reid, who was and still is Senate Majority Leader.

“In terms of legislative successes, the current session of Congress is ‘at least on a par with the 89th Congress’ of 1965-1966, said Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

“But, he added, Republicans have done all they could to discredit Congress and Democrats have failed to sell their agenda. Moreover, it will take years to fully feel the effects of the health care law and financial regulation.”

Yeah, we’re already feeling little bits and pieces and we already don’t like it. Oh, and Democrats haven’t failed to sell their agenda. They’re not running on it at all!

Blah Blah Blah, Chirp Chirp, Beep Beep

“‘A world dominated by bickering and epithet-throwing and bomb tossing in Washington obscures accomplishments,’ Ornstein said.”

No, the American people are very aware of Washington’s “accomplishments.” We just don’t like them, or what they’re doing and will do to this country.

“Congress passed an $814 billion economic stimulus package soon after President Barack Obama took office, tapping a staggering sum of money to avoid a full-blown depression. Democrats have trumpeted the gains from that effort, but know it's not enough for restive voters. “Americans still see themselves in a ditch,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.”

We still see ourselves in a ditch because we are still in a ditch. Remember, unemployment didn’t hit 9% until after the stimulus package passed. And it’s stayed there ever since. You can blame Bush all you want, but liberals own the economy at this point.

“The two other landmark acts of this session were the health care overhaul, a giant step toward universal coverage that had eluded presidents back to Franklin Roosevelt if not Teddy Roosevelt, and the Wall Street accountability act.”

Yes, because our capitalist-based healthcare system is such a sham that people from other countries that do have nationalized versions travel here to get treatment instead of sticking to the far-less pricey – and far-less effective – offerings back home.

As for the Wall Street accountability act? It benefits big banks, not the people.

Congress’ Track Record: Bad, Worse, and Shockingly Horrendous

“Obama has also signed into law at least a dozen other pieces of legislation of significance. They include:
  • Making college loans more affordable.
  • The Cash for Clunkers program that helped rejuvenate the auto industry.
  • New consumer protections for credit card users.
  • Making it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination.
  • Increasing federal regulation of tobacco products.
  • Cracking down on waste in Pentagon weapons acquisition.
  • Making attacks based on sexual orientation a federal hate crime.
  • Giving businesses tax incentives to hire unemployed workers.
  • Tax credits for first-time homeowners.”
Let me sum up all of the above with a single word: Bad!

Making college loans more affordable? Try shanghaiing the entire college loan system. If the government can’t handle anything else responsibly, why do we want to trust them with this?

Cash for Clunkers? It was a short-term, short-minded deal that had no lasting effect.

New consumer protections for credit card users? All it does is promote irresponsibility. Now, we don’t have to keep watch on our bank accounts. If we overdraw, the banks can’t penalize us, which they have every right to do so. If we don’t like fines on paying for something we can’t afford in the first place, then we should have two options: Don’t overdraw or keep our money under our mattresses.

Pay discrimination? I didn’t hear about that one, but my guess is that it was as harmful as everything else Congress has done.

Tobacco regulations? If Americans smoke these days, it’s because they don’t care about the potential side effects, not because they don’t know about them. I don’t smoke, I don’t like the smell of smoke, but you know what I don’t like even more? A nanny government that butts its nose into all of our businesses while running its own into the ground.

Pentagon waste? I’m sure there is some. But why are we focusing solely on military spending when we recklessly throw money at so many other areas of government?

Hate crimes? That’s unconstitutional and flat-out unethical. You can’t prosecute people for what they think anymore than what they say. Not to mention that so-called hate crimes put more value on certain people’s lives (blacks’, gays’, females’) as opposed to others (whites’, straights’, males’).

The whole hiring incentive? It didn’t work because it was a stupid idea in the first place. Employers hire workers when there is too much customer activity for them to handle. Since only the filthy rich seem to be spending money these days, anybody not catering to the filthy rich – i.e. most businesses – don’t need to hire anybody.

Housing tax credits? The housing market is still in dire straits with no promise of even leveling off, much less rebounding.

“So,” as the AP asks, “where is the love?”

There’s a reason why “Polls suggest three-fourths of Americans disapprove of Congress.” It’s because everything Congress did this time around was wanted only by Congress… and a few idiots.

The “love” is coming from Congress to Congress, which is why We the People don’t love them.

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