U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, reflected my thoughts exactly: “This Congress is terribly unpopular, and for good reason: Next to nothing is getting done” (July 22 WE Blog excerpts). She added: “Either we work together to fix problems, or we achieve nothing.”
A prime example of Congress doing nothing but working toward the GOP goal of defeating every initiative that President Obama presents to Congress was found in “GOP tears into Obama’s ‘new deal’ on jobs” (July 31 Nation & World). Obama hadn’t yet left the White House to unveil his latest economic plan when Republicans began tearing it apart. The plan, the article reported, would cut “corporate tax rates while boosting investments in job creation” and was “a bid to spur jobs for the middle class.”
Obama had wanted to present his plan to help break through the political logjam in Washington, D.C., regarding the budget. Without an agreement on the budget, much of the federal government will begin shutting down in October, at the end of this fiscal year. Instead, refusing to work together to resolve the budget issues, Congress went on recess, leaving the budget problems without resolution.
We have a real problem. It appears that we have elected senators and representatives who are functioning at the level of third-grade children who say, “If I can’t have my way, then I won’t play with you anymore.” They seem to have failed to recall their purpose for being in Washington and for which they were elected – to represent us with a sound purpose, and to work with one another constructively to fix problems, not create them. If they don’t do this, they will continue to achieve nothing.
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And the sad thing is that while they continue to do essentially nothing, our tax dollars are still paying them an extremely good salary, providing them with excellent health care, a bountiful retirement, almost unlimited travel, plus other perks.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has stated that he thinks the Republicans will regain control of the Senate in the next election. I propose that rather than electing representatives based on their political party, we elect representatives based on their desire to serve us productively and constructively.