Robert's Random Ravings

Congress – the height of ineptitude

Millions of Americans are suffering. Hundreds of thousands are losing their jobs every month. Meanwhile, the 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 members of the Senate don’t seem to have any sense of urgency when it comes to passing an economic stimulus package that will help our economy. After all, most of them are very well off economically. None of them have to worry about medical insurance or health care, because they all have it.

I am not naïve enough to think that the mere act of spending upwards of $1 trillion will solve our economic problems. But it seems to me that now is the time to think big and stop worrying about party politics and business as usual. The last 8 years have been a complete failure on so many levels, including economics. We have seen that tax cuts for the rich and trickle-down economics are not the answer. It is time to try something else. The American people made it very clear to Congress in November that we don’t like the way things have been going and we want to see change. What we do not want to see is voting strictly on party lines.

I was sickened and very disheartened with the vote in the House last week in which not one Republican felt they could support the economic stimulus. We need bold thinkers – people that will “think out of the box” and not just trot out all the tired old “remedies” and “tricks” that just simply do not work. Will our Congress start to understand that?

Maybe it is time that we started to enact some limitations on our congressmen and congresswomen. I have long been a proponent of term limits for Congress. If it works for the Office of President, why not apply it to the House and the Senate? Maybe if we stopped letting people stay in office indefinitely, they would start actually governing as opposed to spending all of their time trying to get re-elected. Politics should not be a profession. It should be service to the country. In its current form, it is nothing more than a stepping stone. Our government is supposed to be of the people and by the people. Yet the people in Congress cannot possibly relate to the majority of the population because they are really not “of us.” Sure they may start that way, but the power peddling is a corrupting influence on EVERY one of them. I don’t think anyone is free from the “taint” of special interests and this is just not the way it is supposed to be.

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02/06/2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. “I am not naïve enough to think that the mere act of spending upwards of $1 trillion will solve our economic problems. But it seems to me that now is the time to think big and stop worrying about party politics and business as usual.”

    Replace the word stimulus package with destruction package. Do you still think it is time to think big?

    Comment by hpx83 | 02/07/2009 | Reply

    • I do think it is time to think big. I don’t have the answers to what to do. But I do know that the things we have done over the last 8 years have not worked!!

      Comment by rkurzweil | 02/07/2009 | Reply

  2. I think it is time for Americans to realize that what the Democrats want is exactly the same as what the GOP wants – power. You are being ruled by an elite of politicians and corporate cronies that couldn’t care less about the American citizen. I wouldn’t say this is the time to think big. I would say this is the time to resist.

    Comment by hpx83 | 02/07/2009 | Reply

  3. I don’t think they really know what they are doing. If this is the best they can do they need all the help they can get.

    Comment by Phil | 02/07/2009 | Reply

    • I agree – they don’t know what to do.

      Comment by rkurzweil | 02/07/2009 | Reply


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