It only seems to be getting worse.
Last week I wrote about the poor performance record of the 113th Congress and their inability to accomplish the people’s business. The norm is generally Republicans disagreeing with Democrats, but recently nobody seems to be able to get along with anybody.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has done little to lead congress anywhere but in circles. Instead, hoping his fellow Congressman will be in a better mood when they return from their summer break. His role as Speaker is frequently questioned by his own party members.
Last week as the Senate prepared for its August recess, we saw Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shouting at fellow Senators for everyone to “Shut up and sit down.”
We’ve witnessed the President traveling around the country lamenting about a host of issues that are plaguing the union but doing little more to provide solutions other than talking. Even the Democrats don’t seem to be in step behind the President.
We’ve got former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean writing editorials calling the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, a “scheme” that will be able to stop certain treatments by simply setting rates at levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.
Republicans aren’t very happy with each other either as New Jersey Governor Chris Christy and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul are in a battle of words over a host of issues. Paul recently invited Christy to join him for a beer and an opportunity to bury the hatchet, but it’s pretty evident in this very public feud exactly where Christy would like to put Paul’s hatchet.
Next we’ve got a host of Democrats trying to convince San Diego Mayor Filner to resign and New York City want-a-be mayor Wiener to drop out of the mayoral race. Both individuals are selfishly putting their wants before those of the people they claim to serve. Both individuals are on the outs because of a lack of self control over sexual issues.
Where’s the hope that any of this behavior will change anytime soon? Our leaders continually disappoint and do little to address the real problems. Instead they just find ways to spend more of our hard earned money while they seem to have time and plenty of funds to play, travel, fool around, lose their way and their tempers.
Do we really think any of this will change any time soon? Sadly I fear the answer is, absolutely not! The only thing we can be assured of is more of the same from these public servants.
We’ve got another vote on the debt ceiling limit coming in September. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this rerun before and we can easily predict today what will happen. If the Democrats can’t agree with Democrats and Republicans can’t agree with Republicans what possible chance do they have of reaching any kind of consensus on something really important like the national debt? The result is likely to be lots of arguing, but in the end the ceiling will be increased and no spending changes will be addressed.
How much longer can we watch this ineffectiveness go on? Why is someone like Weiner even back in the pubic arena? Are these individuals we send to represent us really the best and the brightest among us to lead our nation and the world forward to better times and a safer world? We know they do little more than serve their interests first, yet we allow them to waste our time and money and that, of our children and grandchildren.
We need people willing to do a serious job, who have the entire country’s true interests at heart over that of their political affiliation. Far too many of these lifetime politicians have egos and interests that are not compatible with the tasks they’ve been given and it’s only going to go down hill from here. Unless something changes we can count on more of the same as the future continues to replicate the past.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.