CONGRESS DOING THE BIDDING OF THE PEOPLE.
That should be Congress' main objective.
The United States House of Representatives voted again for the umpteenth time to repeal the Affordable Care Act that President Barack Obama has signed into law in 2010, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declared it constitutional, after a volatile debate on the Act's legality.
However, that was just one of the many uncanny happenstances that were occurring in an election year to deter Obama from winning a second term; as at first, there was the contempt of Congress citation on Attorney General Eric Holder, led by the Republicans in a frenzy for him to resign, and then there was the Intelligence leaks, that were designed to boost the president's foreign policy and his campaign, and whose probe was ongoing.
Now, the hullabaloo of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, and his ties with Iran posing a threat to U.S. National security, which prompted Obama to say,
"We're always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe. But overall my sense is ... that what Mr. Chavez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us," in a televised interview.
He continued to emphasize thus,
"We have to be vigilant. My main concern when it comes to Venezuela is having the Venezuelan people have a voice in their affairs, and that you end up ultimately having fair and free elections, which we don't always see." (foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/11).
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election has called the statements "stunning and shocking", followed by other members of his party "severely" condemning Obama's remarks.
Yet, many people saw all that as one gigantic plot to create an atmosphere of confusion in the country, when the main objective should be the correction of a slow moving economic recovery, and to get millions of Americans back to work.
The unemployment rate has levelled off at 8.2%, but that was not good enough for bread winners of many American families, as they were still struggling to find jobs to help them, and be able to maintain their standard of living.
They must have money for their living expenses, and in some cases, to fund their children's education on the meager income they made, if they had jobs; and in other cases, if they remained unemployed, their savings would have been depleted, and they have to go on a borrowing spree to make ends meet.
The middle class and working people were facing enormous problems; and for lawmakers to spend time deliberating on a health care overhaul that was giving assistance to the sick and the elderly, and wanting to dismantle it, was rather unconscionable.
If the Republicans wanted to win any election at all, they should start helping the needy instead of asking for tax breaks for millionaires and big corporation tycoons, who were already swimming in the dough and did not deserve any kind of attention.
At present, what they should do was to pass the bills that were stalled in Congress. They (bills) have been sitting on shelves, and they have to be pushed through both chambers for job creation to become a reality; instead of wasting time debating rehashed controversies that would take them nowhere.
They should let the people know that they, as lawmakers, were sent to Congress to cater to the needs of their constituents; and although, battling for party prestige was essential, making sure that voters had jobs for them to earn a living was more important.
They (voters) have to work to sustain their families; and so job creation should be the priority before Congress, and not the repeal of a health care law that has started benefiting a great number of people.
If there ever was a Congress that was out of touch, this was it.