Uncommon Sense

October 9, 2013

Congress’s Problem: A Lack of Intellectual Horsepower

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 8:28 am
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In my past, if you will allow me an automotive analogy, Congress was like the mythical “your grandfather’s Oldsmobile,” it was big, it was heavy, and due to modest horsepower it accelerated slowly. Once moving it was hard to change its direction. As time has passed our needs from the Congress have grown. We need it to address more complex problems and move a bit quicker, so we need Congress to be a nimble crossover or a small SUV with a V-6, something lighter with more power. Instead, we have a Congress more like a beaten up and overloaded old farm vehicle with a four cylinder engine, one of which isn’t working.

How is it that as our country has advanced, our Congress has attracted so many stupid and incapable members? People who can barely spell economics now proclaim themselves experts on the debt limit. Think about this. There is a job available. It is immensely boring, is held in very low esteem, but if you play your cards right, it will pay off with a lot of money down the road. To earn that payoff, though, you have to spend over half your time panhandling people for money and the other half of your time working with colleagues who would make posts seem bright by comparison. Plus you will have to at least feign interest in the ideas of those giving you larger sums of money. You will have to lie with a straight face and never, ever tell the truth about how your job works. Plus, nobody on your team will do the obvious thing: change the rules to make your job more interesting, more effective, and more helpful to the people you serve. You would be in it just for the money. Would you want that job? No? What kind of person would?

Exactly my point.

February 21, 2013

Moronic Government (With Apologies to Morons)

A while back, Congress decided to create a Super Committee to deal with the “debt problem.” To make sure that the Super Committee did something, the bill authorizing the formation of the committee included mandatory spending cuts, a sequestration, falling on programs both Republicans and Democrats hold dear.

The result? The Committee failed and we are now looking down the barrel of the gun of the sequester. Large cuts in government spending will take place automatically (and almost indiscriminately) quite possibly launching another economic recession, almost certainly taking the wind out of the sails of the recovery.

So, a hypothetical problem (the “debt problem”) fostered a hypothetical solution that created a much worse problem. Sounds like something Congress would do.

Again, I can offer a simple solution. The sequester was a goad to get the committee to work. The committee didn’t work. So, repeal the whole thing. The repeal of a bill is a one sentence bill. Heck, even I can write it. It would take 15 minutes in both houses of Congress to vote on it, end of made up problem.

Sheesh! What a bunch of morons.

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