When is a figure of speech just a figure of speech? When dealing with Congress, of course. In recent years, it seems Congress has taken quite the opposite approach, at least on majority opting to be as obstructionist as possible with the goal of winning elections—the fate of the nation be damned despite their best rhetoric.
The problem is, politics have become separated totally from governance.The people we elect largely no longer are concerned with being in office to bring competent leadership to the art of governance. Rather, it’s about bragging rights of winning elections. They’ve mastered the art of conning people into believing that empty flag waving while politicians who serve the ruling oligarchy rip them off, somehow makes them patriotic.
The Bible, in a different context speaks of the elect being fooled. Perhaps we should talk about the electorate being fooled. For example, some factions of the political game league have made great recruiting inroads by appealing to voters on emotional issues such as abortion and gun control. But, at the end of the day, if you examine the voting records of many of them, fore every instance they tout their positions on these hot button issues to gain voter allegiance, they make 10 decisions that favor their corporate backers at the expense of the average consumer and working person. Corporate welfare, apparently is okay, but not aid to the elderly and poor children who had nothing to do with their circumstance.
Again, we cannot emphasize enough how so many politicians in this nation are bought and paid for by the oligarchy. Perhaps people don’t see it clearly because of the tremendous marketing campaign those who buy and sell America have waged.
Congress returns with one goal: Do no (political) harm
By Ed O’Keefe
Lawmakers begin returning to Washington Monday after a two-week Easter recess, and the goal of Republicans and Democrats controlling the House and Senate remains the same: Do no political harm, or at least do nothing to cause serious shifts in the political winds that could upset the status quo before Election Day.
Fewer than 200 days remain until Nov. 4, when Republicans are expected to maintain and expand their majority in the House. Democrats are fighting to maintain their narrow majority in the Senate. Congress will convene for about 60 days in the next six months as all members of the House and 36 senators continue campaigning. In the next five weeks, the House will meet for just 15 days with a weeklong Mother’s Day break in between. The Senate plans to work four consecutive weeks before spending a week at home for Memorial Day.
AIn the interim, talks continue on raising the minimum wage, repealing or changing the Affordable Care Act, overhauling the nation’s tax code and writing dozens of spending bills to fund the government in the next fiscal year. Lawmakers in both parties want to enact tougher sanctions against Russia, which continues to destablize eastern Ukraine. And attention will focus on the recent troubles of Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who is expected to be indicted this week on campaign finance or tax charges, and Vance McAllister (R-La.), who hasn’t been seen in Washington since video revealed him kissing a woman who is not his wife.