What a ridiculous week in Washington. The week demonstrateS that futility and political differences between liberal and conservative cannot be clearer. The inability to seriously address any possible solutions that could actually help the country is more than obvious. Congress should pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government until the election and adjourn. There is nothing left for them to do.
This week the House of Representative voted to repeal for the thirtieths plus time the Affordable Health Care Act. (one of my all time great misnomered pieces of legislation) The Republican House voted on party lines to repeal it but it is not going to matter, has no legislative effect, did not really serve any purpose other to grandstand. The merits of the legislation will be decided after the election. Everyone knows that and everyone knows that once monster entitlement programs becomes law, they are impossible to get rid of, even if they are terrifically flawed.
Over on the other side of the HILL, the U.S. Senate under Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) decided not to take up the offer made by Republicans to ACTUALLY vote on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Of course, the President has been urging the tax rates be extended for a year for those making under $200,000 a year and Senator could have voted on this measure with our impediment. The tax game of chicken will continue until November.
It is crucial to the country Mr. Obama told all of us on Monday, in a pathethic staged event, to pass his proposal. We must have tax fairness, he crowed. Well, here was the chance. His main water carrier, the protector of democracy, the champion of the beleaguered, chose not to have a vote. Not sure if he was afraid of losing, not sure if his endangered members up for re-election did not want to take a stand, not sure even Senator Reid knows himself. I can only conclude in the spirit of bi-partianship, it must be if the Republicans want to vote, he has to be against it.
The President has shown for more than a year, he is neither capable nor willing to lead on anything. He only wants to be re-elected. He can then rule by executive fiat in his second term, so why do anything now? Picking and choosing which laws to obey, enforce and which new edits to make up are preferable to dealing with the Constitution. He thinks by making Bain Capital the focal point of his tenure in office, voters will not judge him on his set of accomplishments or lack thereof. Not reason to explain, just change the subject and ignore the rest. It is hard to watch.
So there it is—a disengaged, feckless President, an inane House of Representatives, and a cowardly U.S. Senate. Why are they still here going through the motions? Why not just go home, campaign, and let the enlightened voters make a decision in the fall. It certainly cannot hurt the Republic.
Oh forgot to mention, 5 workdays this week. At about $4 billion in additional deficit each and every day, that means the total red ink of around $20 billion for the Federal Government for the workweek. Nice job, guys.
I realize I am being cattish and harsh but not by much.