Our Founding Fathers called for getting rid of government when it becomes destructive. Too bad we don’t have that option. The best we get is a year-long wait for another election in 2014 so we can choose from a roster of the same dismal caliber as those who just failed at the only thing we expect them to do: keep the government running for our common good.
The newest recycling of America’s spending crisis is congressional terrorism, a budget war directed at taxpayers. There is nothing new about what we are hearing from Capitol Hill. The same types of threats were leveled by the White House over the sequester:
In eight days, harmful automatic cuts are slated to take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.¹
The news that many of us would prefer vermin to a member of Congress at our dinner table should give us pause to consider what the real problem is with Washington. Politicians like to trot out reducing government waste, fraud, and abuse when they don’t want to cut spending, but the problem is not reigning in Federal Government waste.
How can we trust members of Congress who reject term limits? This is a bad time to read the oath that House and Senate members take when they are sworn into office. Lawmakers vow to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;” a laughable compact between legislators and the American people, considering that Congress has turned into our greatest adversary, obstacle to progress, and defiler of the public trust.
Congress administered a beating to some of our most deeply held American ideals in 2012, finishing off the job it started in the summer of 2011 with the debt ceiling conflict. Inflamed by Washington infighting, lawmakers and the president discarded beliefs we have accepted as truisms for generations by choosing to chart their own futures instead of America’s.
Instead of summoning the guilty from the General Services Administration for a round of Capitol Hill pomp, posturing, and threats, members of Congress should be on their knees thanking the GSA for giving them something inconsequential to be outraged about. Gross abuses of our money like tens of billions in improper payments reflect badly on lawmakers during tax season, especially Democrats in the habit of holding out their hands whenever they get the urge to spend (see: Panhandling Democrats Had Revenue and Taxes for Extensions).
Do federal legislators feel the slightest twinge of shame that they are finally being forced to consider an insider trading bill like the Stock Act, or is this just another inconvenience like campaign finance reform, ethics reform, earmark reform, or something we will never see, term limits?