Sunday, December 30, 2012

Our do-nothing Congress

The list of jobs that require employees to work on holidays is almost endless. Police, firefighters, medical personnel, utility workers, restaurant workers are just a few from the vast array. Add to that the folks who work during emergencies, no matter what the day, no matter what the conditions. They work to preserve our infrastructure; they work to keep us safe.

Disasters come in all descriptions. Going over the fiscal cliff would be a disaster that would affect both infrastructure and human health and safety. Given that, is it too much to ask of our elected representatives to work through a holiday to avert such a disaster? We have tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them were on patrol on Christmas day, while their families were thousands of miles away. The draconian measures that will be imposed on our citizenry if Congress does not reach an agreement on legislation will affect them as much as, if not more than, the rest of us. But Congress went home for the holidays.

If these politicians do not respond to the will of the people, there is only one thing left to do come the next election and that is to clean house in Congress - throw the bums out!

Tomorrow is the last day of the year. Tick, tick, tick...



Les Groby said...

What the people want is the impossible. The last thing our government should try to do right now is "the will of the people". Attempting to do that is exactly why they are paralyzed now. We need a government that will say NO to the people and demand they face reality.

Virgil Hervey said...

The will of the people is simply that they get to work. The will of the people is that they show leadership and take action for the good of the country, not out of political considerations.

Les Groby said...

If they took the actions they need to take for the good of the country, not only would they have no chance of re-election, but there would be riots in the streets. See Greece.