Congress normally takes a monthlong recess in August.
In no possible way do they deserve it this year.
While Wall Street soars in eager anticipation of what the Republican president and Congress might do, what they’ve promised they’d do, Main Street has precious little to show for it.
Where’s health care reform? Tax reform? Where’s the sweeping regulatory reform needed to take the shackles off commerce and industry and get the economy chugging along again?
Note to our elected representatives in Washington: We’re still hurting out here. You still haven’t accomplished anything close to what you promised, and what you were elected to do.
As the woman in the 1980s commercial demanded of a fast-food restaurant: Where’s the beef?
And as New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick famously likes to tell his team: Just do your job!
Fox News’ Bret Baier noted recently that as he travels the country, the No. 1 thing he hears isn’t about Russia; it’s about tax reform.
Yes, the August recess is a nice time to reconnect with constituents. But if members of Congress don’t know by now what we want – nay, what we’re demanding – then they never will. If that’s the case, then maybe they need to be replaced by people who do know.
House Speaker Paul Ryan promises they’re walking and chewing gum at the same time – that tax reform is being hashed out even as the Senate writes its own health care bill and each chamber deals with the distractions of Russia-related probes.
Maybe. We’ll believe it when we see it. And the promised Senate vote on health care before the July Fourth holiday? We’ll believe that when we see it too.
Either way, there’s way too much landmark legislation unfinished and on the table to consider an extended vacation just now. And that includes the budget and debt ceiling.
The best way to connect with your constituents, members of Congress, is to get your work done.
Trust us. You probably don’t want to see us until then.