The people’s business, ground to a halt

Both parties in D.C. are at fault, and should hear an earful this recess

Looking back to the Dark Ages of our childhoods, many of us can tell you we never would’ve been allowed to have recess at school if we were woefully behind in our work.


If only we’d had the power of the United States Congress – which can give itself the better part of a month off, no matter how woefully behind it is in its work.

The current crop of federal lawmakers, increasingly being chided as a do-nothing Congress, has failed utterly to repair, repeal or replace the collapsing Obamacare health care system.

Promised tax cuts or tax reform have yet to materialize, despite their capacity to grow the economy and make lives better.

The debt limit will have to be lifted yet again. And another stopgap spending bill will be needed to fund government operations temporarily because Congress has yet to pass a budget to keep the lights on.

The president has also talked about an ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure bill to fix and grow our roads, highways, bridges, airports and more. But no detailed plan has come out, and it’s looking more and more likely that such a bill will have to wait until next year.

That’s because Congress has left itself so much to do in the fall, and so few working days to do it once they return to work after Labor Day.

Does it sound to you like they deserve recess?

With any luck, the villagers in every burg across America will give them a good scolding.

It will be ever fashionable to upbraid the ruling Republicans – and they will be sorely deserving of it. Even if your own congressperson doesn’t warrant a tongue-lashing – Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, as well as area congressmen such as Rick Allen and Jody Hice have been fighting the good fight – a temperature-taking back home will perhaps infuse them with enough urgency to propel their colleagues to action.

Let’s not let Democrats off the hook, either – though the national media no doubt will.

Democrats, stunned at their election loss last November, initially tried to build a party platform around a call to “resist.” Resist what, exactly? The public’s stated will in November?

Failing that, they’ve decided to do nothing at all, and essentially parallel park nearly half the Congress – hoping that either A) the Russia investigation will amount to something they can run against next year or B) Republicans will be hopelessly deadlocked without them.

At this point, Plan B is working like a charm, thanks to the unwitting complicity of the hapless, hopeless Republicans.

Either way, the people’s business has ground to a halt. And both parties are at fault.

On the way out the door last week, you’ll be interested to know, the Senate made sure to stay in “pro forma” session until after Labor Day – meaning they’re not really working but they say they are.

Which begs the question: How can you tell the difference?

The side effect is that the pro forma session blocks President Trump from making any recess appointments to fill positions.

Well, by all means. It’s not enough for the Senate not to get its work done. They’ve got to block others from getting work done too.



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