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Congressional Methods of Dodging Work
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Last edited: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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How Congress manages to look busy and get nothing done.

Lately Congress has elevated their talent for not working to an art. We the People have had nothing out of them but a primer in how to look busy and accomplish zip.

Take, for example, the spate of nonbinding resolutions. Yes, our Congressional employees (our senators and representatives living large on our dime) looked so busy, didn't they? Why, they voted and everything...they were quick to tap their bedfellows in the media for news on every one of these "resolutions" but what was accomplished? Nothing. Did their "hard work" better life in these United States for the people footing their bills? Not one iota. But they sure looked like they were does the laborer carrying the stepladder across the construction site, visiting with everyone as he do...nothing.

Ah, then we have the Congressional committee...pick your flavor, it doesn't matter. Senators in committee, representatives in committee, and what is accomplished? Again, nothing. No real action taken on (insert issue here). "The resolution was tabled for further discussion." Meaning, we senators and representatives looked busy, America, but we who duped you into voting us into your employ were merely presenting a front while continuing to enjoy the fruits of your labors while you slave away to support us.

Every four years some of our employees decide to run for President. They run about the country telling us how they're going to fix things should they be elected when they already have a job they're not doing for us, their employers, the American People. And does any one of these "candidates" ever take a leave of absence, forgo their salary and all the perks, since they aren't really working the job we pay them through the nose to do? No. Not one. If I decide to run for President, do you think my employer will pay my salary while I travel around the country trying to persuade people to vote for me? Not on this planet. And while these "candidates" run, run, run, and don't work, work, work, the rest of Congress takes what amounts to a year off. Hell, they can't even write their "bills" correctly anymore, or was the recent farm bill veto and override fiasco just one more way to look busy and get nothing done on our behalf? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Then we have the most egregious form of nonworking by our employees on Capitol Hill--the Congressional testimony gambit. Since the American People are up in arms over the price of gas, and rightly so due to the gaping loophole in the law that allows rich speculators to run up the cost of a barrel of oil by trading it as a commodity, Congress "heard testimony today" from the mouthpieces for the oil companies, who all said that based solely on supply and demand (minus the wealthy speculators afraid of the weak dollar), the price of a barrel of oil should be between 35 and 90 bucks. Now, has Congress acted to close that loophole? Have any one of our senators or representatives, running for President or not, suggested an outright ban on speculating in oil? Has any one of them suggested returning oil as a commodity to a purely supply and demand basis? Not on your life. Closing a loophole like that is just too much work, apparently. I have to wonder how long our Congressional employees, our senators and representatives, have known about this loophole presently killing us regular working stiffs at the pumps.

All we ever get from our employees is talk and more talk. And more talk. And promises. And double-talk.

So, after seriously considering all of the above, and with all discussion of the ongoing abridgment of our civil rights aside, is there anyone in America not ready for a revolution? A real clean-the-house, fire-the-whole-staff-and-start-over type of change? Our forefathers wouldn't support a fat, greedy, lazy king in their day--why should we the People, their children, continue to support a fat, greedy, lazy Congress in ours?

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