Heated disagreement over how Trump and company want to spend our money might be our own fault. Poll numbers show we are pretty fickle about what we expect from government. In a recent Pew Research poll 64% of respondents believe the GOP “is too willing to cut programs.”
Most of us get a few days off at the holidays. We don’t get a long Christmas break like members of Congress. We don’t get a trip to Hawaii like the president, but most of us don’t have jobs, salaries, and publicly-funded perks that provide that kind of indulgence.
Phony, make nice talk and extending hands across a partisan divide too fractured to be crossed are not going to fix the mess Barack Obama has created. Years of inaction, waffling, and neglected policy decisions have done too much damage.
Two simple questions, two impossible policy decisions
Everyone is talking about a new start now that Congress has shifted to the right.
Can we call a retiree entitlement “welfare” if seniors help to pay for it? Blameful fingers have been pointed at the budgetary havoc wreaked by public employee pensions (see: Illinois Pensions Make Bad Teachers Look Worse). Social Security, the big retirement entitlement for seniors and anyone else who can get their hands on the money, is going to do the same thing on a national scale.
With aggressive plans that may or may not involve Congress and will definitely not include conservatives, the White House has to be creative when it comes to passing new laws. One trick is to use lots of buzzwords with hidden meanings that cover up liberal lies only Obama supporters understand.
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.
Those charging the 112th Congress with being the most worthless in our history not only miss the point, they are flat-out wrong. We don’t give our congressional leaders enough credit for the effort they have expended maintaining the divisiveness and rabid, overweening self-interest that characterizes Congress under Barack Obama’s thumb.