The debacle surrounding the dysfunction in Congress and the government shutdown it has sown would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so sad and the consequences so dire. It would seem the two parties have drawn their proverbial lines in the sand and neither side seems willing to budge any ground to the other. One would be inclined to think that Democratic and the Republican parties were mortal enemies in opposing armies rather than being Americans sent there to represent the interests of their constituents.
At the time of the this writing Congress is in a race against the clock to beat Thursday’s deadline to avoid what could be a potentially deadly debt default by virtue of the United States reaching its borrowing limit.
I find the narrative that our Congressional representatives have their pulses on understanding what the American people at large want, nothing short of laughable. I also find the prospect of rank and file Americans giving full throated endorsements to either of the 2 mainstream political parties that we have to choose from as gut wrenchingly hilarious, I guess the question that everyone wants the answer to is whether Congress is representing their constituents, contributors or themselves?
I always feel my eyes rolling to the back of my head every time I see a national politician on the news inserting “the American people” shtick into their talking points.
There is a lot of head scratching going on as many people find it puzzling that Congress is unable to find common ground despite knowing the consequences of doing nothing, with that being said I’m inclined to think that this is probably the case because our elected representatives aren’t working enough to understand the nuances of their jobs.
According to the House calendar, members of the House are only slated to be in session for a total of 126 days, which means that they have 239 days scheduled off; ironically the Senate calendar is similarly light on the workload as they are only in session 119 days.
Coupled with the fact that the 27th amendment guarantees that they will still get paid, it is very hard to accept the lip service that members of Congress pay to understanding the dilemma that ordinary Americans endure on the daily, especially when their $174,000 salary and the very handsome benefit package is considered.
This is especially galling when you compare it to the average salary of a schoolteacher, who are traditionally the most underappreciated and underpaid members of our society. I am at a loss on how this is logical or fair by any stretch of the imagination, considering what a plush job it is to be a member of Congress I’m wondering if all of the perceived differences between the parties is all an act (not unlike professional wrestling), with the joke being on “The American People”.