Open this week: one week only.
What kind of Congress funds Homeland Security on a weekly allowance? Frankly, it is the kind of Congress that needs to be recalled. There needs to be a shakeup because they are shaking down American citizens at a time we can least afford.
We are in a war against terrorists and by all observations, we are not winning that one. Islamic Statists are dismantling humanity piece by piece even including ancient artifacts. The free world demands cohesive and resolute leadership from America and that is not forthcoming because Congress isn’t allegiant to the elected leader, and the party in charge is neither inclusive nor collaborative.
Evidence is from failure to fund an essential department. Evidence is from failing to address immigration reform. Evidence is from dragging its feet in ensuring equality and freedom for all Americans, and not just gun-toting right-wing radicals who are nearly as extreme as the exogenous threats.
The American Congress problem stems from the following:
- Voters failed to produce alignment between the Executive and Legislative branches.
- Professional politicians are more aligned with special interests and wealthy donors than with citizens they represent.
- Professional politicians lack qualifications and achievements outside government as a prerequisite to running for elected office.
- Professional politicians lack exceptional intellect experience to address today’s problems of enormous scope, scale, and complexity
- The American political system and citizen voters have been undermined to the extent of having lost their equality and representation in the process
See the annotated list.
The Homeland Security debacle is just a symptom of the systemic problems resident in the American political system today. There should be a stop on Congressional pay anytime that any department of government is shut down due to congressional failure to fund them.
“Congress OKs stopgap DHS funding bill, lawmakers remain at impasse in immigration fight
Published February 28, 2015FoxNews.com
Congress approves one-week Homeland Security funding
After a dramatic and chaotic day of votes, Congress late Friday approved a stopgap bill to keep money flowing to the Homeland Security Department past a midnight deadline and avert a partial agency shutdown — though Congress is no closer to a long-term deal.
The House voted 357-60 for a mere one-week spending bill. With the Senate already having approved the measure. President Obama signed the bill into law late Friday night.
But that legislation was passed only after efforts to pass a slightly more substantial stopgap – a three-week funding bill – melted down on the House floor Friday afternoon. Though it had been expected to pass, 52 Republicans defected and joined Democrats in opposing the leadership-backed legislation.”
1. Voters failed to produce alignment between the Executive and Legislative branches.
“Did the Founding Fathers Screw Up?
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Gridlock in Washington is no accident. It’s built into the Constitution.
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation,” Franklin Roosevelt declared as he campaigned for the presidency in the spring of 1932. “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
Most of the experiments Roosevelt tried to rebuild the economy once he took office encountered fierce opposition. But his closing admonition — try something — transcends our political particularities. It’s an affirmation of a specifically American common sense, a statement of our national inclination to action, an affirmation of the pragmatism that remains the country’s signal contribution to philosophy. In times of trouble, try something. Who could be against that?”
2. Professional politicians are more aligned with special interests and wealthy donors than with citizens they represent.
“THE DOMINANCE OF BIG MONEY IN THE 2014 CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS
November 20, 2014
Karen Shanton, Adam Lioz
Democracy has at its heart a basic promise: citizens have an equal voice in deciding who represents them.
This promise went unfulfilled again in 2014. Large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle, just as they have in previous elections.i Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates, parties, PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013-2014 election cycle came in itemized contributions, which typically come from donors who give $200 or more.1 Candidates alone got 84 percent of the funds they raised from individual donors in itemized contributions.”
3. Professional politicians lack qualifications and achievements outside government as a prerequisite to running for elected office.
Look at the long list of prospective presidential candidates as reported here at National Politics Examiner. 90% have no experience outside government and most have failed to accomplish anything of significance other than to get themselves elected, the incumbent president included.
4. Professional politicians lack exceptional intellect experience to address today’s problems of enormous scope, scale, and complexity
While many have graduated from law school, many have failed to practice law. They are bright people who have failed to produce a high return on intellect by creating products, services, and businesses that enhance economic opportunity and growth. Having failed at that, how are they supposed to know how to manage a government that is intended to create the best environment for economic performance?
5. The American political system and citizen voters have been undermined to the extent of having lost their equality and representation in the process
Corporations may be owned by people, but they are not people. Corporate donations to the the political system should be restricted to the same limits as individuals and should not exceed that of the average individual voter contributor. That might ensure one person and one vote that is equality.