Public confidence in the performance of Congress has been at rock bottom for years. Over the last several decades, respect for the profession of lawmakers is maintained almost solely by those in office, or by aspiring strivers who want to carve out a career of being on the government payroll.
For the taxpayers who carry the freight of an ever-expanding leviathan, the prospects of reversing this course have yet to be put into motion. Bigger budgets and higher debt seems to be the only “accomplishments” the two-party travesty can muster. When it comes to settling intramural disputes, the showmanship of bitter disparity succumbs to the basic motive that bonds all politicians: namely, getting re-elected.
At the outset, the valid premise that guides any serious discussion on the institution of Congress rests upon the answer to the essential question — does legislation passed by Congress benefit U.S. citizens? For committed cynics the response is seldom or never. Seldom must be included because the laws of probability account for mistakes or lapses in the perfection of tyranny.
Yes, the record within the House of Representatives and the Senate shows an abdication of the role of functioning as a bi-partisan legislative assembly. If ideology was the true motivation of elected Congressmen or Senators, the reality of cross-voting against the demands of their own party would occur regularly. These patterns of disciplined voting were seen all during the eight years of the Obama administration and have become even more pronounced during Donald Trump’s tenure.
The twist added in the first six months of the Trump administration is that a good portion of the GOP resists much of the legislative initiatives that Trump campaigned on in 2016. There is a simple reason why so many Beltway insiders rallied to the collectivist cause of Obama’s version of socialism. The spigot of K Street lobbyists keeps the elitist money flowing while discarding the excrement through the plumbing into the cesspool of a failed democracy.
It’s no accident that Obama governed by way of executive orders. The enraged Tea Party Republican freshmen elected in 2010 would not support the Obama agenda. But now under Trump the solid solidarity of a Nancy Pelosi- and Chuck Schumer-directed Democrat resistance combined with the internal and subtle Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell opposition and sabotage, has the Donald issuing his own executive orders.
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