Taxation without Representation

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.

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2 thoughts on “Taxation without Representation

  1. Word. I mean, just effing WORD.

    Let us consider the words of Declaration of Independence, with the Republicans standing in for King George:

    They have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    They have forbidden their Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till their Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, they have utterly neglected to attend to them.

    They have refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    They have endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    They have obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing their Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

    They have made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

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