The Tea Party's Credit - Page 2
What will look like a bloodbath in 2012 will be voter backlash towards the 112th Congress and its tarnished sterling accomplishment of nothing. The ideologues who continue to wave the cut-expense-and-no-tax-ever stick could just as likely be sent home, many of them after just one term, as was the case in 1993 and again in 1995. It happens that most of them are Republicans. The problem is that their uncompromising and dogmatic position is not what gets things done, unless one counts trashing the economy and hurting the otherwise helpless as some kind of accomplishment.
The proof is that the next Republican government shutdown threat will be on November 18, when the temporary spending bill – the one that was approved by the Senate and is before the House — runs out. When it does, the GOP will likely link funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and for nutrition programs for low-income women and children to the next stopgap measure -- déjà vu all over again.
Some might call that government we can count on and they would be right, very right.
The pathetic reality is that House could easily have passed a full year’s spending resolution, instead of a stopgap bill. But that’s not what their agenda is about. The Tea Party contingent wants to run the shutdown gambit as often as they can. The more fear and uncertainty they can generate, the better they figure their chances are for retaking the country, however dubious.
More and more Congress has become like professional sports. Its players are Representatives and Senators who are less people than they are corporate entities. The elected official becomes a franchise that is mediated by a law firm, accounting firm, marketing firm, management firm, advertising agency, travel agency, concierge service firm, physical trainer, corporate sponsors and volunteer agencies that represent congressional endorsement to financial concerns and only collaterally to the public in trade. It has a large structural pyramid that separates the elected individuals from their constituents. Public service is less and less heard of as a result.Continued on the next page