It's The Senate Stupid
The "Do Nothing" Senate
The Senate Didn't Get The Message
The results of the 2010 election and the message that was sent to Washington DC didn't sink in as it should have. The House of Representatives got many new faces and a dose of fresh ideas but the US Senate was allowed to remain in the role of Obama cheer leader and obstructionist. While the majority of my political commentary is aimed at Barak H. Obama I have never lost sight of the fact that when Obama rails at a "Do Nothing" Congress he is really referring to his Democratically controlled Senate. Harry Reid has no business being the Senate Majority Leader because he isn't a leader. He is a political hack and always has been. His view of being a politician has very little to do with the welfare of "We, the People..." It is skewed by his determination to continue the process where partisn bickering is paramount and the next election is what is important.
Below is a synopsis of one Harry Reid and what he considers to be the people's business. Bear in mind that we are now approaching 1,100 days without the Senate proposing, much less passing, a budget for our nation. During that time period the US Senate has been under the leadership of Harry Reid and the Democratic Party.
Get Your Priorities Straight Harry
What caused me to write this article is the recently released report issued from the Secretary of the Senate which describes the present US Senate as "the laziest in 20 years." As much as they have failed to accomplish they might seem productive if that is the yardstick for measuring success . Many of us saw this coming after the last election. We should have turned the Senate but didn't quite reach that goal. Not doing that allowed for what we are seeing now. The Senate's present function is to not play ball for the American people but to play some partisan political game at the expense of the American tax payer. The latest example was bringing to vote "The Buffet Rule" which was intended to be symbolic. Where is the budget?
Being an Independent I tire of the partisan horse dung that is going on in our nation's Capitol. This has become all about them and has little to do with us. Obama claimed that he was going to usher in a new spirit of bi-partisanship. It might have been refreshing, but he failed to produce. In fact he went the opposite direction for the first two years of his term. As he said, "Elections have consequences." Elections are about the voice of the people, not the voice of Obama who seems to throw a tantrum every time anyone says no to him. Even though he was told no about Obamacare he proceeded to cram it down our throats anyway.
The report says...
Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson issued the report that shows just how poorly Harry's Senate performed for the first session of the 112th Senate. It isn't pretty and it is really outrageous that we are paying these people the kind of money and perks they enjoy to do nothing except bicker, usually all in the name of partisan politics at the expense of the nation and the tax payers who pay them to be lazy, professional pick pockets. Since 1992 there hasn't been a less productive Senate.
The Senate spent 170 days in session and while in session averaged 6.5 hours of doing nothing. Harry Reid doesn't want anything to happen. Remember there is an election coming up and there needs to be reasons for the finger pointing about who didn't do what for who. Again at the expense of the nation and the US tax payer.
The job that we pay the US Senate to do is to pass laws. They have failed to do that properly under the leadership, or lack of it, of Harry Reid. He determines what gets to the floor and what doesn't. Cowboy Poetry Festivals and boxers seem more important than passing a budget. During the session in question the US Senate passed 90 laws and 402 measures. In both of those categories they came in ranking as the second lowest in 20 years. Was a budget one of those? You know it wasn't but I had to ask.
The Secretary is not in a position to comment on the statistics contained in her report. They speak for themselves. But it does offer a comparison dialing back to 2009 when the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate. What it shows is a loss in productivity and the ability to function as it should under Majority Leader Harry Reid. Comparing apples to apples shows us the following lack of effective leadership. This should give credence to the movement of "No Budget, No Pay." We seem to be paying our Senators not to do something rather than what they should be doing. These are supposed to be smart men and women and instead we see a bunch of dummies. We might as well have mannequins warming those seat cushions.
Maybe you're a partisan politics party type person where you need a political party to do your thinking for you. But what we are seeing out of the US Senate shows the inability of our Senators to think clearly and put the needs of this nation before themselves and their political futures. The Senate was off by 30% in bills even offered comparing this year to last year. Amendments dropped by 55% because Reid won't entertain them. There was a drop of 40% just in roll calls. Where were they? Where are they? Where is the nation's budget?
The present House of Representatives has sent over 120 bills, after passing them, to the US Senate and has sent two budgets to that body of "do nothings." Guess where they sit? On Harry Reid's desk because he is bound and determined that he will obstruct anything that can benefit this nation before the coming election. That is by design and not by chance. This is all about him, his pride and his party. It's total nonsense and it's time to change many faces in that body of the legislature and rid ourselves of people with that mentality. In all my years of watching politics I have never seen anything like what is going on, or not going on, in the United States Senate. Here's a memorable clip of the mentality involved here.
The Measure Of Good? Where's The Budget?
It's time, as we focus on the coming election, to not only focus on our "Do Nothing But Sling Partisan Mud" President but also to focus on imposing voter imposed term limits on the Senators who are more concerned with playing partisan politics than they are with being productive and doing those things that we, the US tax payer, pay them to do. They won't impose term limits on themselves so now we need to impose them ourselves and rid the halls of Congress of career politicians whose main interests are their own.
Do you hear that Harry? That will be my yardstick to measure what is "really good."
The Frog Prince