According to the
crying king Speaker of the House, John Boehner, he got 98 percent of what he wanted. Yes, 98% is the number that he used. Whether that number actually represents how much he got or is just an exaggeration remains a bit unknown. It does further exemplify my belief that the GOP members of Congress do not understand the meaning of the word “compromise” and are cry-babies when they don’t get their way.
Boehner has spent his tenure as Speaker of the House whining about all of the injustices incurred upon the country by the establishment and the Democrats. Boehner does not point out that this is his 20th year in the Congress. He has been in office under 2 Republican presidents and, now, 2 Democratic presidents. He has seen the country in a surplus and in a deficit. He participated in the 1995-1996 shutdown by another Congress full of cry-baby Republicans. He has voted for increased spending and, then, turned around and told Americans that spending is an evil thing. He has voted for decrease in the taxes and has advocated continuing tax cuts on people earning over $250,000 a year. He has advocated stripping spending from Democratic favorites like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, etc., but justified blank checks for a Republican favorite, the Defense Department.
The problem with the American government is that Congress doesn’t understand that they are elected to actually do a job. I heard one Congressman say that the only job of the federal government is to defend the country. If that were the case, then the United States Constitution would specify that the role of the federal government is to defend the country from outside invaders. It would make the document a lot shorter and would probably mean that there is no use for Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President and Vice President. If the only purpose of the government was to provide a military protection, then it wouldn’t be a government. It would be an alliance of sovereign state governments. Despite what some Teapotheads have stated, that is not the purpose of the government.
Many of these people have said that the government needs to be run like a business, not realizing that a government is not a business. A government is more like an organization. It has committees and leaders, like an organization. It was set up to do good for people living within its borders, which is much like what an organization would do. Of course, explaining this to those people is pretty much a futile activity, since the Tea Party is made of egocentric individuals who only care about their own well-being and pocketbooks.
I can only hope that people realize that the activities of this Congress are not appropriate and can damage the nation’s image on the world stage. Even if people think that the nation needs to adapt a more isolationist attitude, I would hope that they would realize that that is not possible in the world that we live in. We are a part of a global system, and the continued idiocy displayed by Congress is showing the world that we have a government that is full of whiny brats. That display not only endangers things like our country’s credit rating, but also the economies within other places in the world. The misbehavior here has a negative impact on the rest of the world. That should be kept in mind by politicians here, but it is unlikely that they will care or even attempt to modify their behaviors in a positive way. Instead, it might make them behave more irresponsibly just to challenge the world. (You can tell how I really don’t like the way that this nation’s leaders are behaving.)
I should be rejoicing right now that the debt ceiling bill passed both Houses, but the reported high number of job losses that will occur as a result of this bill plus the smugness of the supreme cry-baby is just really annoying the hell out of me. It seems that a bill that was passed to save the economy might actually just put the country through more suffering. I think that Congress should be ashamed of the lack of understanding that they all seem to be displaying. They should have to pay the people who will suffer because of this bill out of their own pockets and bank accounts. Maybe if they understood how some people actually need money instead of just wanting it out of greed, then they might actually start passing laws that help people instead of hurting them.