The 113th Congress is setting all kinds of records. They’re going down in history as the “Do Nothing” Congress. To date, they have passed a whopping 108 bills since gaveling into session in January 2013 with 73 of them coming last year. Considering their salary is around $175,000 per year, they’re looking at earning approximately $3,240.00 for each bill passed so far if they don’t pass anything else. Since we’re about to head into their recess and then election, there doesn’t seem like much opportunity to pass anything else this year. Now, I don’t know about many other jobs, but where else can you make that kind of money and purposefully do as little work as possible? We’re being taxed to pay for this, so where is our representation that we’re being charged for?
We hold elections every two years to send people to Washington DC to represent us and govern this country effectively. Given the lack of actual governance, I find it amazing that we haven’t collapsed into a heaping pile of unrest and violence. Instead, we’re witnessing what truly makes America the great country that it is. The economy is trying to improve. Jobs are increasing, even though they were lower paying jobs in the beginning of the recovery. If Americans are like me, they’re about ready to get rid of as much of this particular congress as they can and start anew next year.
For all the whining about Obama being an imperial president, Congress appears to be the primary cause. Obama can’t enforce laws if there are none written. Even with this lawsuit that Boehner’s talking, he’s suing Obama for “changing” the law governing the PPACA. While such a lawsuit could be easily won by the Obama Administration by simply showing that US Code has not changed since the bill was signed into law, I think this points at a deeper issue with Congress that people are aware of but are not capable of acting upon. We see the utter foolishness going on in DC, but we still keep sending the same people there and being disappointed with the results we get. This Congress hit a record low approval rate of 7% recently, but historically, Congress has an 85% reelection success rate.
Here’s the easy way to settle things once and for all. Congress needs to put on their big boy pants and do their jobs. If it’s something you want, then legislate that. If it’s something you don’t want, then legislate that. The whole notion of compromise being weakness needs to be taken out back and shot with that 7% approval rating. Common sense would dictate that you would change your way of doing things when 9 out of 10 people don’t like what you’re doing. Then again, this is politicians we’re talking about. Obama, on the other hand, needs to grow a backbone and quit waiting for the GOP to do what they’re never going to do. They are not going to willingly compromise, no matter how much you give them. If they’re going to sue you, then give them something worth suing over. You’re a previous constitutional law professor, so extend that EO power just to the breaking point and force them to actually act like adults and govern accordingly. Otherwise, the 114th Congress is going to break the records set by this one, and America really doesn’t need that.