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One of your better ones, Gary. I was confused myself seeing those votes and watching this whole debacle…not only by our own NC delegation but by others in Congress on both the democratic and republican side. But then, I started doing some thinking (yeah, I know, that was my first mistake :-).
In my opinion, our legislators weren’t NEARLY as concerned about what was good or bad or right or wrong for America as they were concerned about their own political future. Washington D.C. has become far more about political and personal power and prestige than about “doing the job of the people”. Just for example..and there are many examples…Howard Coble is pretty much aging out and most probably won’t be running again in 2 years. Hey, even if he does run and gets “primaried” or even voted out, what’s the big loss to him, really? These votes on this, to me, were done with political fallout consideration in mind….and very little else.
Our entire political system is almost totally dysfunctional. It’s become about politics and politics only. Yeah, I know our governmental system has been “political” for eons and eons. But in my considered opinion, it has NEVER been this divided (someone will probably come up with some exception or some period to prove me wrong on that, of course). We haven’t had a budget for what…4 years? What’s that all about? Gary, you can point a finger at the republicans with some great facts and figures to show how all of this is their fault. Carter can point his own finger with excellent facts and figures to show how democrats are to blame. And, in the meantime….we Americans get the middle finger.
What’s the answer? Evidentally, no one knows.
IMAGINENo Bush Administration4 of Gore4 of HillaryNo Two WarsNo Tax CutsNo DeficitsDebt paid downBalanced BudgetsUniversal Health CareRealistic Minimum WageHappiness in America
HAHAHAHAHA….Tough to imagine, clarence. “No Deficits”??? hahahahaha “Debt paid down”??? “Balanced Budgets”???? hahahahahahahahahahaha….Right. The democratic party is all about that. Uh, huh. There isn’t a democratic politician alive that would make those things happen if he/she became prez. Shoot…there isn’t a republican politician alive that would do it. What’s the answer? All of the ludicrous posts and skewed facts and figures you present mean squat, my man. What we need is a predominance of politicians with some nads that know that to solve our fiscal problems people in America are going to have to hurt…and yeah, most will be the lower-income, less-fortunate. A whole lot of these people will be what politicians label “middle-income”. But, it’s either that or it’s just one more country that thinks that making everyone “equal” will solve all of a country’s problems only to fall into failure and go down in flames of good intention. America is supposed to be different than that. Our “good times” have run their course, I guess. Our culture has changed in such a big way. We now admire those that get from government. We accept that as the “new normal”. We now are starting to show hate for religious values. Our children have become products of technological innovation to the point that they have lost sight of reality.
A majority of Americans have learned that they can vote to “receive” from government. When that point happened, it spelled the beginning of the end of our country, as we know it.
Contrary to popular opinion (egged on by our historically ignorant press) the US Congress is doing exactly what it was elected to do. The job of each congressman is to represent his constituents, not to go along with whatever the president wants, or give in to those who think differently than his constituents, or “get things done” in DC. That’s why we have a “House of Representatives,” not a “House of Compromisers.”
Both sides are fighting as hard as they can to impose their constituents’ collective will upon the nation, just as they promised to do during their campaigns. Not one single Congressman or Senator was elected on a pledge to go along with the opposing party’s ideas just to “get something done.” The Democrats’ vision of punishing the economically successful, while borrowing un-repayable amounts to buy the support of everyone else won out this time. The country has slipped a little further down the muddy road towards third world status as a result. Perhaps next time the Republicans will win. It’s called politics, and it’s not that hard to understand.
LOW INCOME ASSISTANCE————-FY 2008—2011 (Billions)Health———248—–339Cash Aid——130—–145Food————59——101Education——42——-66Housing——–40——46soc services—-36——37employment—-6——–6energy———–3——–6total————563——746