They Should Be So Proud

As the 112th Congress draws to a close at the end of this year, it stands to set a record for doing the least of any Congress since the 1947.  The people in the House of Representatives and the Senate should be proud of themselves.  They have taken the last two years and accomplished very little.  With just 11 voting days left in the session, this Congress has passed 196 laws, and would need to pass 138 bills to become the 2nd least productive legislative body instead of the least productive (source).  In other words, they would have to pass 70% of the total bills they have passed in two years over the next 11 days to not set a record.  Don’t count on it.

Both parties are to blame for the uselessness of the 112th Congress.  They cannot or will not compromise on anything, or use the threat of a filibuster to get their way.  If I were a member of this Congress, I would be ashamed of myself.  At least one lawmaker (and I use that term loosely when describing a member of this Congress) feels the same way, Olympia Snowe of Maine.  She is retiring, and part of her reasoning is the inability to get anything done:

“As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.” –Olympia Snowe statement when she announced her retirement.

She hit the nail on the head here.  The whole “my way or the highway” type of attitude has to go.  These lawmakers (again, used loosely) need to remember that they are there to work for the people of our country, not solely to advance their ideology.  Instead, what we have is, for the most part, a group of people who pander to the extremes in their party, and block even the most benign legislation.

And while their relative lack of getting anything done might lead you to believe that congress is just an antonym for progress, you would be wrong.  The opposite of progress would be regress.  This Congress is just not productive, and while some members sure seem to advocate regression on certain things, to call congress the opposite of progress is just incorrect and makes people sound uneducated.

I am not holding out hope that the 113th Congress will fare much better, but stranger things have happened.  If they are anything like this current session, which they are similar in makeup, not much will get done.  As it stands now, the 112th Congress is already trying to push resolving the whole “fiscal cliff” matter on to the next session, instead of just doing their jobs and getting it taken care of before the end of this year.  A temporary, 6 month solution, is not the answer and they know it; they are just not mature enough to tackle something so big, and frankly, probably cannot be trusted to adequately ensure that it will be handled properly and done right.

 

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