Legislative Incompetence

The Sky Isn't Falling...

This is in the category of finger pointing and what is being proposed by the Senate with RINO McConnell, almost singlehandedly being duped by Harry Reid, about the two month tax extension and where the blame for his incompetence really lies. If you appear to be incompetent, it usually starts with yourself Mitch. But he wants to now blame John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, for this latest legislative ruse. I'm not buying into it myself.

Fact one is that during the course of this past year the House of Representatives has sent over 16 job creations bills to the US Senate and under the guidance of Harry Reid, not one of them has reached the Senate floor for debate or consideration. Why? It has always been abour partisan politics and the coming election. It is all about them and nothing about the welfare of American taxpayers and workers.

The House passed a reasonable one year tax cut extension which included provisions to cut spending where necessary to pay for the cost of doing so. During the last extension the social security trust fund operated in the red because part of that cut was in worker contributions to the fund. It ran a $100 billion dollar deficit in the process. Obviously we can't keep doing that for too long as social security isn't on sound footing because of the nitwits we keep sending to Washinton DC to do their own bidding.. You see they know best and we don't know how to balance a budget. Or is that really the other way around?

The kicker out of the House was the inclusion of a provision that gives Obama 60 days to make a decision concerning the approval of the Keystone Pipeline or explain why it isn't in our national interest to do so. Well that doesn't sit real pretty like with King Obama because he wants to delay any decision until after the next election so he won't offend the tree huggers walking among us. This again is about politics, reelection and has nothing to do with the welfare of the American consumer, tax payer and worker. Recognize all this for what it is as we prepare to go to the polls once again.

The Senate has been on an obstructionist path since the last election because Harry Reid and his minions got their panties in a wad about losing control of the House. They speak of bipartisanship but what they really mean is it's their way or the highway and that is exactly what we have been seeing. Even the unions want the Keystone Pipeline to go forward. Why? Ask a pipe fitter.

Here's how the Senate proposes to pay for this tax extension, something the lame stream media isn't telling the Dancing With The Stars crowd. It is paid for by raising mortgage fees. Who pays those mortgage fees? I'll give you three guesses and the first two won't count. So it is okay to permanently raise those fees to ensure a two month extension? That's okay with Mitch McConnell? Then consider how such a move feeds Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, who already operate at our expense, without one iota of reform impacting either of those agencies. Hope you're tracking all of this. Notice that it is paid for by raising fees (read - taxes) and nothing to do with cutting spending.

Lets swing over to the business side, you know those small businesses who are the prime engine of job creation. When a business plans, how long is the minimum they plan for? It happens to be a minimum of one year. We're not talking about planning for a birthday party but an entire business cycle. Here's the rub I have with McConnell over this. The GOP wants to place the blame on Obama and his party for creating the uncertainty surrounding businesses and job creations, and it is swirling around all us who own a business? So he wants to jump in the economic uncertainty boat with that pack of jackals and grab an oar. The smell of jet fuel must have been hitting the nostrils of the US Senators. Harry needed to get home and tend to his petunias.

To compound the stupidity of a two month extension more than one business expert has pointed out that businesses can't possibly implement what the US Senate just sit out. Here's a link to read a bit about that boo boo.

The majority of the people sitting up there playing politics with our money are just that - career politicians who don't have a clue how to get Foggy Bottom out of the way of economic growth and prosperity. McConnell is right in there with them. He is part of the Washington DC problem, not the solution. His attitude is, "Well we've always done it this way." That is what has exacerbated and perpetuated the problems this nation faces. Doing it that way without understanding what they are doing and expecting a different result is called what?

So quit pointing the finger at the Speaker of the House. That body sent you a rather decent bill which actually addressed some of the problems rather than continuing to kick the can down the road for two more months. It's sickening to watch but we're having to watch it. We can only blame ourselves because we continue to send the clueless back over and over again to perpetuate the idea that "we've always done business this way." It is now pounding actual "business" into oblivion due to the uncertainty that the scoundrels themselves have foisted upon the nation.

It's time that the US Senate get another whiff of jet fuel back in their nasal passages and get back to Washington DC and finish the process of legislative negotiation rather than run home like a bunch of wimps thinking their absence will make it all better. Maybe it very well could when I think about it.

Merry Christmas and as always,

The Frog Prince

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

I don't want anyone to think I'm not an equal opportunity ranter now.


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

Frog Prince: That's a great rant. I'm reading a book called Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law Professor. He states that the disconnect between what the people believe are important issues and what congress does is caused by a distortion of our democracy by big monied interests to get the congressmen re-elected. (phew long sentence.) They spend 30 to 70% of their time raising money for their next election which distracts them from the real issues. This then becomes a bias into what is important for the congressman to focus on. As an example say a wife has called a congressman 10 times about the poor care the VA is giving her husband. And a lobbyists calls once to contribute $10,000.00 to his or her campaign contribution. Who do you think will get the congressman to act?... I could go on, but I don't want this comment to become a hub...keep up the good work.

Mike Russo


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - All you need to do is "follow the money" with this particular group of scoundrels. Special interest groups and lobbyists need to be banned from the halls of Congress and we need to elect common, common sense people to do the people's business. The system is now upside down in a bucket of crap called corruption and partisan bickering which gets nothing done. We're seeing it in action.

The Frog


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

There is a large gap in your rationale that this was McConnell's fault. 39 Senate Republicans voted for the bill. This would NOT have happened if McConnell was not given the go ahead from Boehner on this bill.

What appears to have happened is that Boehner told McConnell to go ahead with their 2 month stop-gap. Once McConnell passed the word on to his Senators that Boehner told him it was a go, everyone jumped on board because it was a sure thing.

Then when Boehner went to sell it to his Representatives, they balked. Boehner was forced to do an about face, causing the issue that we have today.

Don't get me wrong. I think a 2 month extension is horrid. If it were up to me I'd pass a permanent extension of the bill with the millionaires surtax and the keystone pipeline attached to it. That's not the point.

The point is that the Republican leadership incompetence is going to hurt them big time in 2012. I write about it here: http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Payroll-Tax-Cut-F...

Great Hub!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I wish we could clean house. Imagine a company telling their employees that they have a plan to keep the business going for two more months. Where is common sense? Where is the will and ability to finally address and solve a problem. Great piece of writing. Up useful, interesting and awesome.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

pz - McConnell and Reid reached what they called a compromise. Then McConnell convinced the other Repbloican Senators this was the best he could do. BS. My rationale is just fine and dandy. You see, I read and research a lot before I ever hit this keyboard.

This battle has been going on with the Senate for a year now and is nothing but stinking assed partisan politics.

The Frog


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

You don't think McConnell was given the nod by Boehner before going ahead with the bill? I seriously doubt Rubio would have voted for this bill without that nod. Why did Senate Republicans come out surprised when Boehner said the House would not support the bill? How do you explain that?

You say it's partisan politics, but the Senate passed the bill 89-10! That's the opposite of partisan politics! It seems clear to me that Boehner dropped the ball here more so than McConnell.

It is bad enough that we have a divided government. Now we have a divided Republican party. Not a good thing going into an election year.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

No I don't think Boehner gave him the nod to negotiate any nonsense like what we see with a 2 month extension. The House bill was for a full year which is necessary to relive some of the uncertainty. Did you read what I wrote here? That's what I think and also what I've seen the Senators try to lay things at his feet more than once before. The chambers are severely divided and that needs to be fixed, either that or they need to learn to stop all the partisan one-up-manship and election cycles and put the American people before themselves.

The Senate had jet fuel in their nostrils. They wanted to go home and Obama himself stated everyone needs to stay in town until the wrinkles were ironed out. That didn't happen because the actual process is now stalled. The next step is a joint conference between the two chambers of Congress. That is exactly how it should work and needs to work. Not the Senate saying here it is, take it or leave it.

You don't seem to understand how it's supposed to work and why it obviously isn't working.

The Frog


Ghost32 4 years ago

A most excellent and finely tuned equal opportunity rant, Jim. Kudos all over the page; 'twill be voting Up and More.

I'm with you all the way on this one. It didn't even take Speaker Boehner's public stand to let me know a two month extension was idiocy in action.

Why? Because I've owned and run businesses of my own in the past, and you're dead right: Nobody plans a business cycle of less than one year. If you do, you're not planning with confidence; you're putting out brushfires with nothing but adrenalin--which is NOT the best flame suppressant, by the way.

Senator McConnell would probably inspire me to grind my teeth...if I hadn't had my fangs removed in '92.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Simply put: Congress is never going to decrease spending no matter who is in the majority and we let our revenue stream get given away about 10 years ago. Until we get it back we will be operating in the red.

Thanks to a 24-hour news cycle and political parties that have both moved to the extremes every issue turns into high noon at the OK Coral. May I refer you to my hub, "Want to Change the World'? Merry!


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA

You are so right. Wow, it would have permanently raised mortgage fees to ensure a two month extension! So glad the House didn't go for it. Those bozos in the Senate are certainly all about politics over getting something done. It irks me that the public is told, though, that it is all the Republicans fault for not compromising.


Stu 4 years ago

Sadly, the high cost of regulation is but one issue holding back jobs. Many employers talk about the uncertainty of regulation as another issue. Two month laws are emblematic of this problem. As you say, many pol's want to wait until after the election before making any real decisions ("real" of course being a relative term, because most of what they do is decide not to decide) because for every voter that likes any given decision, there's another one theat doesn't. At some point Congress has to realize it's not properly in the prostitution business - their job is not to do what the people (voters) want; their job is to do what they SHOULD want, just like a good CEO manages a company. Corporate decisions are not put to shareholder vote. You pay a senior management to manage your equity for you. That's their job. The difference between Congress and a good CEO is that the latter actually does his job.

Stu


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Well I am going to disagree with your assessment. I don't believe certain senators like Marco Rubio would have voted for this without thinking the House would approve of it.

The more I read today, the more I am starting to think this may not be extended. I have always operated under the assumption that it would be extended, albeit at the last minute. With 11 days left there is still plenty of time to work things out (ignoring the holidays) so I still think it will get done.

If it doesn't...I do not think Republicans will be able to shake the damage caused by effectively raising taxes on all working Americans. I know many will say this isn't their fault but politics is all about perception. The public will see this as a mess caused by House Republicans since the Senate passed it with overwhelming bipartisan support. You may disagree, heck I don't even agree, but that's what will happen.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a good rant and I fully agree with you. A two month extension is so stupid and then they do it all over again. The frustration of even listening to the news drives me nuts lately. Rated way up!


Mary in Minnesota 4 years ago

If each male congressman were ordered to wear panty hose, and then told they would not be allowed to take them off after the 60 days were up, unless... they all agreed to vote on common ground for the good of the American people, then I think most of those gonad idiots would agree to the vote.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - There in lies the difference between a career politician and an actual CEO. A CEO is acting in the interest of who they represent. Anymore a career politician is acting in the interest of those who fatten up the coffers and the people they are supposed to represent are mere spectators at the circus.

pz - You see things as Dem versus Repub which isn't my cup of tea. In actuality, "the public" is still wondering who is going to win Survivor, Dancing with The Stars or American Idol. At least the majority of the uninformed is in that category which seems to be the majority of the population. It's called apathy in most circles.

Pamela - That two month cycle is exactly what Harry Reid wants repeated over and over again until the November elections. This has nothing to do with "We, the People..." and everything to do with "They, Themselves" and their ability to blow smoke and sit up their warming those seat cushion for yet another term.

Mary - They'd make Joe Namath proud for sure.

The Frog


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mortgage-news 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I don't see what the big deal was about the originalproposal to tax the 1% slightly higher to pay for the pay roll cut. This is not Joe the Plummer mentality anymore. People are gonna start votig for their best economic interests and the majority is getting screwed economically. Say goodbye to Republicans. The party's over!!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Yet again, you speak the truth and I for one thank you. This ignorant, do what's best for the party line and screw the people because they en masse won't snap to it until it's too late anyway mentality held by too many on the hill is killing us. My prayers now are that we can survive until the next election and I am in no way convinced that we can.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

mortgage-news - Try working a little harder so you can be one of the 1%. Typical liberal attitude is what I read by your comment.

poetvix - Nice to see you and thanks for the comment.

The Frog


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Charles Krauthammer has the solution...pass the Senate bill but change the date on the payroll tax extension to 12-31-2012...one year!

Then it's back in the Senate's corner!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Will - You and I know that all this nonsense is a political game to try to garner votes and has very little to do with anything but just that, Charles is right. Change just the date and see what floats the Senatorial vote. They want to keep going through this cycle every 2 months until the election which is total BS.

The Frog


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I like what Krauthammer proposed. The problem is House Republicans will not go along with his proposal because it would not pay for the full year of extension (the Senate bill only pays for 2 months worth).


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Here's how the Senate proposes to pay for this tax extension, something the lame stream media isn't telling the Dancing With The Stars crowd. It is paid for by raising mortgage fees. "

I didn't know that. It's horrifying that the federal government meddles in housing at all. I'm still looking for it in the constitution.

By the way, a mortgage fee is regressive. oops.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

nicomp - Now you know. These incompetents play the smoke and mirrors game all the time to "pay" for their thievery. They rob Peter to pay Paul and the tax payer and consumer are Peter.

The Frog


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

The whole idea of paying for a tax cut is what got the GOP in trouble on this in the first place. The GOP has always argued that you do not have to pay for tax cuts. Changing their position on a tax cut that Obama championed got them in trouble. They will pay for it in 2012.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

pz - Remember when they passed "Pay Go." Maybe it's time that both parties start playing by that law. The idea behind pay go was to offset with spending cuts, not fees and hidden taxes passed onto the tax payer and consumer. Maybe you should try thinking outside that partisan box you seem to peer out of too often.

The Frog


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"pz - Remember when they passed "Pay Go." "

They also raised their right hand a swore to defend something... what was that again?


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

'Pay Go' is fine. But Republicans have always said that tax cuts do not need to be paid for. All I am saying is that in 2012 when the debate about the Bush tax cut extension comes up, I bet Republicans will not demand that they are paid for because it is highly doubtful both sides could agree on the amount of reductions needed to cover the cuts.

I am not being partisan at all. I am in no way a Democrat or a Republican (I am technically registered as a Republican so I could vote for Huckabee in 2008). I am one of those coveted Independents.

In addition to being an Independent, I am also one of the older Millennials. Millennials think very differently about politics then Gen X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation (most of the Greatest Generation are gone now). How Millennials view government and think about politics is going to be a game changer in the decades to come. It is one of the reasons why I built thepoliticalzealot.com

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! I really enjoy hearing everyone's point of view and look forward to more to come in 2012! Have a safe and happy holiday season!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

pz - The bill that the House sent to the Senate for a one year extension had provisions to cut spending to pay for the extension and they weren't "fees" to the tax payer. Try reading the bill, not imagine what was in it.

2012 will be one big dog fight.

The Frog


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"In addition to being an Independent, I am also one of the older Millennials. Millennials think very differently about politics... "

My concern with Millenials is their lack of context, which has always been true for people that age. We've had tough economic times before: witness the wage freeze implemented by (Republican) Nixon and also the Internet Bubble that propelled Clinton to what many people viewed as a successful presidency, then caused the economy to tank in a relatively short historical period.

Given 4 years of Obama, proceeded by 8 years of Bush, a voter would have to be over 30 years old to have been sentient when Clinton was in office. The Democrats and Republicans and media and bloggers all bank on us having a very short memory. Yes, we're in bad shape, but this has all happened before. Go back and read about the mess that James Carter gave us: he's not just a global loony who builds houses... he used to be president of the United States.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"The GOP has always argued that you do not have to pay for tax cuts. Changing their position on a tax cut that Obama championed got them in trouble."

I agree. When I heard that silly argument coming from Republicans, I was astounded. Never copy your opponent!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

nicomp - There is nothing inherently wrong with a younger person taking an interest in politics but it needs to be done with "study" of the last few decades and what has gotten us into this mess now. The blame lies with both parties, allowing career politicians to sit there for decades playing nothing more than politics and the apathy of the American public in accepting the status quo.

Having participated in the process for about 4 decades now, I remember Nixon very well, misguided missile Jerry Ford, then the incompetence of Jimmie Carter which resulted in Reagan's election by a landslide. He righted the ship but then along came the next error who was also named Bush. Clinton came along and he is about as sleazy as I've ever seen and still is. Then another Bush and now a socialist in hiding who really has now clue about economics or the free market since he has never participated in the business world except to criticize capitalism. History seems to be working in a circle. The last progressive President we had was Carter. People need to recognize that progressiveness is curled nicely into "big government" which needs to get the hell out of the way.

The key is to study the issues, read widely and think about what you want your legacy to be for future generations. Who are they planning on repaying that debt? Or maybe they haven't ever thought about it. That could present very serious economic problems, more serious than the ones we now face.

Yes, I remember the mess Carter created quite well. I had to live through all of it.

The Frog


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin

You're exactly right. It's all about politics. It's funny how many times I read an article about the whole affair, and read about how the republicans were against extending the 2 month payroll tax cut WITHOUT mentioning that the House actually had wanted it to be for 1 year. Not the two months. But that's the liberal media well at their game as usual, and unfortunately libs aren't capable at getting their information any other way than having it spoon fed to them, and so the tactic probably worked in making the repubs look like fools EVEN IF they were more in favor of a real cut than the dems were. Aside from the point you stated quite rightly that really the tax cut is a dumb idea anyway. First of all, it's peanuts to the average working American, and 2nd, the damned Social Security Trust Fund is already having enough problems and now we want to take away MORE revenues into it? Whatever. What the dems really wanted to do was to simply use the two months to then reintroduce it in ANOTHER two months so they can pile on more and more provisions. This game will go on to the very end unfortunately.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Springboard - What isn't being told to the masses of The Propaganda Slurpee crowd amazes me. People don't bother to actually read thoroughly on both sides. They'd rather click over to MSNBC and listen to the twisted spin. I get most of my news from sources right here on the internet. Yes, the House sent the Senate a bill for a 1 year extension and Harry Reid stonewalled and played politics as usual. The Senate has become a major stumbling block on getting anything done in this nation. The House also has sent the Senate a minimum of 16 bills concerning job creation. Again Reid has not allowed one of them to come to the floor for debate. That whole mess has come to nothing more than political BS and their thought of getting reelected by pointing their bony fingers at someone else other than themselves.

The Frog


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

The Senate had a 1 year version of the bill too, fully paid for. The House voted it down.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

politicalzealot wrote:"The Senate had a 1 year version of the bill too, fully paid for. The House voted it down."

A year isn't long enough for businesses to perform meaningful financial planning. Both parties are killing any incentive to create jobs in the private sector.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"The Senate had a 1 year version of the bill too, fully paid for. The House voted it down."

Do you have a link to that?


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

political zealot - You've been watching too much MSNBC. The Senate passed a two month extension, packed up and went home and sent that piece of crap to the House. The Senate right now is where legislation is being held up and intentionally not being brought to the floor for debate by none other than a fossilized, career politician by the name of Harry Reid.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Hey Froggy, Political Zealot is somewhat correct. Boehner, the worst Republican Speaker of the House in the last 20 years, had a 1 year extension all ready to go.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/boehn...


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

nicomp - The House sent a 1 year extension bill to the Senate which contained the Keystone Pipeline provision. Reid sat on that bill, then the Senate passed the 2 month bill and ran home. That's when the controversy started and Boehner, initially anyway, insisted that the bills go to conference for resolution and that 1 year needed to be the deal. That's the process then the political football game started and the House caved so that there was some sort of extension. Watch what happens when the 2 months run out. It will be the same political crap again and again.

The Frog


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

That's the way I remember it too. If the Senate passed a one year extension, it's news to me.


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I stand corrected after doing some research. The Senate had a 1 year extension bill before them different from the House version and voted it down as well. I thought they had passed the democratic version.

The democratic version won a majority 50-48. The House version only garnered 22 votes.

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpps/news/senate-rejects-de...


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

pz - Sometimes it is best to do some research before unzippin' the lip. I never write anything from the quick draw holster. Don't let your zeal get the best of you friend.

The Frog


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I confused a majority vote for passing. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of which majority votes in the Senate are the same as passing a bill since Obamacare and the Bush tax cuts passed the Senate with similar margins (in all honesty, I thought they actually passed the bill). I am not infallible but I will always own up to a mistake if I make one.

A lot of blame here is being placed on Harry Reid. I think if anyone is to blame it is John Boehner. He lost control of his caucus and it cost the Republicans big time.

I stand by my previous statement that this whole debacle will hurt the Republicans in the 2012 election.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Reid has been the roadblock in the Senate. Explain how over 16 job creation bills were sent to the Senate this last session by the House and haven't seen the light of day on the Senate floor. The House has passed legislation and Reid wants to play politics. That's his game you see, not doing what needs to be done to correct the course the first two years of this administration managed to totally screw up.

The Frog

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