If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.
Samuel Adams (1780)
If you think BH Obama’s approval rating is low, Congress has that beat with only 10%.
No wonder our approval rating is 10 percent. Nobody knows what we’re voting on.
And that happens much too often.
Because Congress wastes its time arguing about things they shouldn’t be concerned with and all because they do not legislate according to constitutional limits. For example, recently it was reported that for two weeks legislatures argued over the definition of a catfish.
No joke, folks.
Two years ago they argued about health-care legislation, when it is clear that it is not within the powers of the federal government to be concerned with it. Indeed, if they didn’t pander to the lobbyist group that lobbies for insurance companies, or side with insurance companies because they funnel funds into their campaign accounts – it boils down to the fact that insurance companies get over on legislation over the rights of the consumers – We the People. It is one factor in the equation of unaffordable health insurance.
They argued over an immigration bill, which ended a failure 17 months ago. Why pass laws when the executive branch doesn’t enforce it, so afraid to lose votes; when in reality those votes are from people who are illegally living and working in the United States and shouldn’t have access to voting places anyway. What laws we do have are not enforced, like penalty fines for businesses that hire undocumented or persons with false documents. If they want to pass legislation, they should pass a bill that imposes penalties against the Mexican government who turns its head and even encourages illegal immigration, all the while complaining about our stiff immigrant laws when their laws are stiffer than ours. It is past due in time that the Mexican government be held accountable for illegal aliens as well as the spread of drug cartel crime crossing our borders. But those in our government don’t have the spine to ever approach a solution to any such issue.
If you look at what congressional members do, one could easily see they don’t earn the money they make; and if they do not pass a proper budget bill each fiscal year, they still get paid. There is a movement within the Republican Party that is saying that legislation should be passed that if congressional members don’t pass a proper and timely budget, they shouldn’t get paid. I am all for it. If such things occurred in a private business practice, those culprits would be standing in the unemployment line.
On the last workday of the season, Congress managed to pass a budget, but it was hurried and full of waste, as usual. They prevented students and their parents from an increase in college-loan interest rates. In my opinion, when it comes to higher education, some of the curriculum isn’t worth the money anyway. The bill also saved states from running out of highway funding, which is a constitutional task laid upon the federal government.
The bill passed was 596 pages long, clearly too much to be examined thoroughly for efficiency and hidden pork put in at the last minute with hopes it wouldn’t be noticed.To show how Big Government screws things up — tobacco has been taxed so high that people are finding that marijuana is cheaper to smoke. In a recent study, marijuana usage has risen among youthful Americans over tobacco usage. Government always fails when it uses its power to socially engineer society. Taxation is for procuring funds to operate the government, not as a means of punishing a select group of Americans. It says so in the Constitution – taxation is for procuring funds. It doesn’t say it is for anything else. And that applies to the ObamaCare mandate to be enforced by the American gestapo – IRS.
The Democrats have held a majority in the 112thSenate; however their seats of control has dropped from 60 to 53.
Civil Contempt Charge Against Attorney General, which authorized a committee to proceed with Oversight and Government Reform proceedings – passed.
Contempt Finding Against Attorney General, to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress – passed.
House GOP Budget Plan, proposed by Paul Ryan (WI) for a $3.5 trillion budget – passed.
In the Senate:
Keystone Pipeline Amendment, a project that would provide a boost for the economy and create jobs – rejected.
Keystone pipeline amendment, which required the pipeline permit application to be approved or denied within 90 days – rejected.
If you would like to see more details and votes in both Senateand House, check out the linked words.
The House Party Leaders are: