Sunday, November 18, 2007

Harry has lost his compass

Harry Reid has decided to keep the Senate in session of the Thanksgiving holiday. On the surface this is the right thing to do. After all, the Congress has not been able to get any of their work accomplished for the year. There have been no appropriation bills passed and signed into law. The government is still languishing in a sea of red ink and operating on a continuing resolution. The politicians we elect and pay should work to catch up on missed suspense's. The fiscal year started 50 days ago. The Congress should be held accountable when they missed their suspense by over 50 days.

A deeper look at the reasons for keeping the Senate in session though shows that staying in session has nothing to do with accomplishing the work of the Congress. This extended session is "Pro Forma" meaning the session is a non voting session. This extended session is not intended to get our government on track it is intended to ensure the President does not make any recess appointments. Senator Reid says "the nominations need to get on track, and Bush has not met the Democrats halfway".

The problem with this argument is that nominations have been stalled in Senate committees. For instance three nominations for the Federal Reserve are held up in the Banking committee because the committee chair has neglected the duties of position held. Senator Dodd has been to busy running for the Democratic presidential nomination to actually conduct the business that we the people pay him to do.

Senator Reid has lost his way. He gained the Senate majority leader position on promises to make the government work for the people. Instead what we got was a contemptuous Congress that neglects its duties. The 110th Congress had a historic opportunity to change the direction of our government. The democratic leadership campaigned on changing the way government does business. The Democrats promised longer work weeks. They promised fiscal responsibility, they promised to instill ethical behavior in its members, and they promised a change to the procedures for the controversial earmarks attached to appropriation bills. The Congress did work longer weeks and still accomplished nothing. Now they have decided that longer workweeks did little so they have reverted to shorter work weeks. They promised fiscal responsibility but instead only considered raising taxes. Responsibility means living within ones means, not busting the budget and then raise taxes. This Congress passed legislation to improve ethics but then watered it down to the point where it was meaningless. The promised changes in the earmark promise. They enacted reforms but then reneged. This has been one of the worst Congresses for attaching earmarks and pork to appropriations bills. House member Jack Murtha provided an earmark for a fictitious company in an effort to launder money back into his campaign war chest.

The 110th Congress was voted in to accomplish the peoples business and change the direction of our country. Instead all we got was more of the same. The government is almost at a standstill with no finalized budgets. This Congress has been just as unethical as any in the past. Instead of changing direction this Congress started running for reelection. The Democrats have been on a constant campaign for office since they lost in the 2000 presidential election. The democrats have accomplished absolutely nothing.

One of the reasons the Democrats are so enamored with the prospects of picking up seats in both chambers of Congress is because they are picking up candidates that lost in the past. America needs new blood in the political circle and not the same old retreads from the past. Career politicians need to step away. Career politicians have lost their compass and as a result have no clue where they are at. Continuing to elect career politicians will not change the direction of America. The people have elected democrats and republicans for years and nothing changes. We need innovative and creative minds that will break down the paradigms. America is on the wrong track and no incumbent is capable of bringing America together. Voting for an incumbent is not a a vote to unite America. A vote for incumbents and career politicians will only further divide Americans and ensure we stay on the wrong track. Lets find our compass and vote the idea challenged out of office.

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