Throw Dem Bum Out! This is an old refrain about Congress and many other organizations. I will be more polite. Let us not renew the contracts of those in Congress, since they clearly hold party and self above country. Simply not voting for any incumbent in Congressional races for the House and Senate means that come January 2009:
- We will have 468 new people representing us.
- Longstanding entrenched power bases brought on by seniority, will be gone.
- Longstanding obligations to special interests will be gone.
- Committees will be reshaped.
The most important result from terminating the employment of these partisans will be a message to the entire Congress, including the 67 remaining incumbent Senators who are not up for reelection. The message is: we expect the country to be their first priority and you and your party to be subsequent priorities.
Our country is mired in a highly volatile and national security level dangerous mortgage meltdown. It is threatening our economy, the retirement economics of multiple millions, jobs, and lending – the lifeblood of this economy. Yet, we are hearing comments that can be described as grandstanding. We see members of Congress trying to use this situation for the inclusion of a pet project or some additional giveaway. Some see this as an opportunity to just flatout spend our money.
We keep hearing who’s fault it is and see finger pointing. Perhaps we should be seeing “asses and elbows”, please pardon the expression, working on the solutions. This should be non-partisan. We need to find our way and to correct our Titanic like course into that fateful field of icebergs. Perhaps we could solve this problem quickly in a very non-partisan way, perhaps in a “we are in this together” way. When the problem is solved and we have moved on, then we can suffer the chest beaters on how great they were, as all 535 members of Congress and the Bush Administration line up to take the credit.
We have so many problems facing this country with two problems standing out among the rest, energy and trade. Read more about this in The Two Most Important Issues Facing America Today!
Our problems of education, trade, energy, quality jobs, internation disputes, and the general decline in this nation’s world stature are decades old and for the most part the bulk of the people sitting in Congress, particularly the Committee Chairmen and ranking members in the committees, have been involved in these problems for the duration. Instead of finding solutions, they found ways to build power bunkers and become power fortresses in their respective house of Congress, this includes those who trample on the public trust – are you listening Charlie Rangle? Unfortunately he is not alone and it is pervasive throught both parties. There is nothing that can be done to disturb this cozy arrangement by those in Congress, yet with one pull of the ballot bar, one touch of a screen, or one “x” on a paper ballot, all of us frustrated Americans can make the disaster, we call Congress, go away. We can establish a new and fresh Congress to work with whomever is elected President.
We can send a message that we expect representation and not the corruption that comes from power. Yes, after a while Congress will revert back to what it is today, because we elect humans who succumb to the power. If this happens againg, then we can just vote them out again.
VOTE FOR THE CHALLENGER IN ALL RACES – JUST SIMPLY DO NOT VOTE FOR THE INCUMBENT. Don’t worry about your current Representative or Senator, as they will land on their feet, most likely with a great pension or plum job with a special interest group. They will be fine, so you can send that message this general election.