The complexity of the position that Boehner and the tea party caucus are in lies predominately in the making from their own arrogance. They need only find themselves to blame for the supposed Fiscal Cliff that they have put into place. To swear a fictitious oath to Grover Norquist over your constituents and the American public you have sworn to serve creates the paradigm of a house with two masters. Based on what I’ve heard from this debate, it has consistently centered on the size of government and the philosophy that the federal government was designed to be a laissez faire operation. Anyone who has taken a constitution class should be aware that the Federal government first exerted its power in the landmark case of Marbury vs. Madison. The size of government since then has been expanded to protect the republic it serves. This mental reluctance from republicans to deal with this reality is frustrating for those of us seeking to use common sense to remedy the situation we find ourselves facing. There were no airplanes, cars, computers, a social security system and a variety of different devices and situations we now use as a nation that directly impacts the size of our government. The fact that cost has increased as well is a direct relation to that fact.
We have a congressional body that still approaches the two wars they voted for, a tax cut for the wealthy, the creation of a new department (Homeland Security), and the passage of Medicare Part D all placed on a credit card as if the bill would never come due and the overwhelming republican response is to place blame. Blame for their reluctance to lead and even more for their constituents to hold them accountable. They have just agreed to a legislative calendar of 149 days of work. About four months and 2 weeks. It’s kind of insulting when the American people pay them from $174,000 to $223,500 to create policy on our behalf. It’s even harder to phantom when the 112th congress has 3914 bills to debate as potential laws and only 61 have been passed as law, less than 2 percent. As the Speaker of the House Boehner is on pace to preside over the worst congress since Truman’s 1947 (Do Nothing Congress). This of course should have factored in during this last election but people choosing to blame the president for the nation’s ills re-elected many of the same representatives.
Everything about this do nothing body should be construed as reprehensible when the reality is we have a nation still in crisis from their eight year lack of their ability to lead. I suggest they face the steep reality that many of us have not signed the Norquist pledge and do not align ourselves with his on-sided philosophy. Since Gerrymandering their own district they not the president will be front and center of this next election and I suggest the republican Borg collective come together and deal with the reality that the bed they made for our nation they will have to sleep in by rescinding their self-contrived pledge by bringing both spending cuts and revenue to the bargaining table. And they will also have to now calculate the cost of offending their electorate one way or another. The red pill (to stay delusional) or the blue pills to (accept reality) are the only choices so choose wisely.