Instead of threatening opposition paychecks, members of Congress should concentrate on taking less of ours. It is hard to conceive of the twisted thought process behind never passing a budget, then raising the debt ceiling in anticipation of a budget that is not going to be approved.
Did anyone notice the humor of attendees at Monday’s inaugural lunch feasting on lobster while those who voted to keep this president in office are paying higher taxes on every cent they earn (see: Great Reasons to Hit Middle Income America With Tax Increases)?
Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney should think about a job doing standup comedy. The press secretary has come up with some good ones, but few better than this gem about the unthinkable, Congress coping successfully with the president’s simultaneous demands for gun control and comprehensive immigration reform:
And I think that while what you say is true about the capacity of Congress to move forward on things, I think there is no reason to believe that these kinds of issues can’t be worked on at the same time.¹
Congress is not going to pass either of these reforms, at least not in a way that will suit the White House agenda.
We are in the midst of a national crisis that makes gun violence inconsequential by comparison, no matter how tragic or heart-rending the consequences. The over $16 trillion national debt is a catastrophe so massive that it will sink this country as surely as the dialogue over controlling firearms will be used to distract us from what lawmakers and our president are failing to do: deal with spending and the federal deficit as they face another debt ceiling showdown.
No matter your views on gun control, we have to give gun owners credit. When they saw where the White House was headed they took action. They bought guns, if we can believe reports from the media. Perhaps gun owners are our keenest observers of how many freedoms Democrats have taken away.