Michael Hiltzik has yet another excellent column in today's Los Angeles Times. This one tackles our do-nothing, incompetent, obstructionist Congress members slithering away for a five-week break while the rest of us try to figure out a way to cope with the dump they took on us, otherwise known as the sequester.
Hiltzik expertly debunks the notion that "economic damage from the sequester cuts haven't all come true, so things aren't that bad" while noting that lawmakers' salaries--surprise!-- aren't cut. Nope, they're not affected, but you know who is? "The penniless, the disabled, the homeless and the very young."
Here are excerpts from the very end of his post. Please read the entire thing, because it's a thorough, detailed exposé of the damage inflicted on the people of this country, on their health, their livelihoods, and their psyches. The first paragraph includes the best description of Darrell Issa I've ever read:
So what was Congress up to in the weeks before it went on vacation? The House passed a dead-on-arrival measure repealing the Affordable Care Act (which of course benefits lower-income Americans) for the 40th time. The lawmakers debated a bill, introduced by the majestically useless Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), to name all coastal waters out to the U.S. 200-mile jurisdictional limit after Ronald Reagan.
All the rest has been gridlock, grandstanding and gutter politics. There's some debate over whether this Congress has been the worst in history or merely one of the bottom two, but either way it's bad enough. For this they deserve a vacation that the average European would envy?
So the sequester stands, with very uncertain prospects for its being lifted in the fall. The 535 statesmen and stateswomen of Capitol Hill will be hitting the golf course and lazing on the beach while millions of their constituents worry about how to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.
The test of a civilized society is that it looks out for its neediest members. With this Congress in place, we're failing that test.
I'd duck out too, if this was all I had to offer.
Oh, c'mon. Done nothing? How can anyone in their right mind say that? They've done everything in their legislative powers to protect us. Just take a partial look at what they've accomplished:
This list could go on for days, but that would be wasteful and the 112th "do nothing" Congress should never be accused of that.
Feel free to add to this list, as I'm sure I must have missed something in the bevy of activity these paid, elected officials have been doing.
Let's be grateful for their (lack of) meaningful efforts. Without them, who knows how good we'd have it.
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Pleaseohplease link over to Think Progress for details. The gist of their report is this:
In a stunning interview with Breitbart.com, two top advisers to Mitt Romney revealed the campaign’s plan to largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.
Yes, we pretty much knew this was their Big Plan, but now Team Romney is admitting it publicly.
Remember when Former Half Gov Illiterata McInWhatRespectCharlie refused to answer questions from the "lamestream media"? Remember when Sharron Angle literally ran away from the press? Looks like Team Willard is following in their avoidy little footsteps.
Gosh, now why would that be? The answer is obvious. They are more than aware that they have no substantive answers to any reporter's questions, they know any answers that they would give would be rejected by voters, and they know that distracting America with emotional responses rather than direct, informative ones can get the desired result, at least in the short run.
The choice this November gets clearer by the hour: President Obama is rational, responsive, and accomplished. The other side is irrational, evasive, and vacuous.
When you've got nothing, that's what you give back, which means the GOP can be easily compared to this Moment of Levity:
Can't quite figure out what is wrong with this list...
• Abortion: A House panel is scheduled to take up bills restricting abortions in the third trimester, always a hot ideological topic.
-- The Parent Empowerment Act, a.k.a. Florida’s parent trigger law, has its first two hearings by senators and House members. The bill would allow parents at low-performing public schools to petition the school district for sweeping reforms -- or even have the school converted into a charter.
• Prison Privatization: House justice appropriations committee members take on their version of bills calling for prisons to be run by for-profit companies.
• School sports head injuries: Senators consider a bill requiring more information be given to parents about risks of head injuries, and mandating athletes be removed from play until they can be examined.
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