Congress: AWOL !
In college, my philosophy professor provided me with the most important single word and definition to shape my life with. The word was Responsibility. The definition was: The ability to respond appropriately! Our representatives in Congress have taken a 5 week vacation while America's markets collapse, entirely due to the actions and inaction of Congress as they left for vacation. We know this is not responsible. So, what are we the people, with the power to hire and fire, going to do about our irresponsible employees in Congress?
Since July 22, a little over 2 weeks ago, the markets have lost 2.9 Trillion Dollars. One trillion was lost in the markets just today. In those losses are your and my 401K and pension plans. In the last 15 months, retirement pensions have lost $2 Trillion dollars. The S&P rating agency downgraded America's credit rating citing among 6 reasons, the lack of political will in the Federal government to realistically and effectively address deficits and growing federal debt.
Now is the time for all Americans to insist that their representatives dump their ideological political games, and stand up to the logical and rational task of representing the best interests of the American people and our nation's future. This is not rocket science. Five simple steps by Congress will set America back on a path for financial stability and growth.
Step 1: American voters have to commit to contacting their representatives and demand compromise which bring forth solutions that restore our future. If our representatives fail to honor this demand, American voters must commit to voting for someone other than their current representative. If voters reward these incumbents for irresponsible behavior, voters will reap irresponsible government. It just doesn't get more common sense than this. Tell your Congressperson they are turning America into a loser nation, and you are not going to take losing, lying down on Election Day.
Step 2: Demonstrations on a massive scale, paralleling those of the Civil Rights era, will bring Congress' attention to the people in the streets of Washington D.C., and in the home districts of Congressman and Senators. Demonstrations accomplish something correspondence with Representatives in "Safe Districts" cannot. They bring media attention to our Representative's acting in opposition to the will of the American people at large. If your political PAC or non-partisan committee calls for a rally or demonstration, commit to showing up, if you possibly can. The numbers are imperative to successfully forcing our politicians away from their addiction to partisan gamesmanship.
Step 3: Demand BOTH revenue increases and spending cuts over the next decade, which are prioritized so that the current economy produces large increases in job growth, while dramatically lowering deficts to zero in 10 years. Lack of jobs equals lower federal revenues, and lower revenues equals growing debt, even as spending cuts are made.
Remember two things. Damaging the current economy is no path to a better economy going forward. It only increases debt and lessens our ability to lower deficits. Remember that income minus expenses equals surplus or deficit. Every dollar of increased revenues to the federal government reduces deficits, and every dollar of spending cuts also reduces deficits. We must do both to eliminate deficits.
We cannot afford to give up national security, law and enforcement, oversight and regulation of greed, education, infrastructure maintenance and improvement, workforce retraining, nor can we afford to allow 50 to 100 million Americans to fall into abject poverty without safety nets that prevent them from dying in our streets and alleys, or turning to crime to make a living. Growing poverty only creates an increased demand for government spending. The solution is job creation. Business isn't hiring because consumer demand doesn't justify hiring. The Government is the employer of last resort, and America is now down to last resorts.
Remember this about our Constitution. It is the Congress, not the President, that controls the government's purse strings. The President's control is limited to the veto. Congress is charged with budget appropriations. The President can recommend, but, it is Congress that passes the budget laws. Our nation is in fiscal crisis because of the Congress' irresponsible actions, past and present. You will know bullshit when you hear Congressional representatives like Eric Cantor blame the President for lack of leadership. Where is the leadership in Congress to control the nation's fiscal matters? Absent Without Leave! That's where.
Step 4: Tune out the politicians. Too many of them are liars interested foremost in rigging the system so you and I can't, or won't, vote them out of office. Look at what government accomplishes and act accordingly. Do not listen to politicians playing the blame game. The blame game is just an excuse to not act responsibly, while diverting your attention from that fact. If our government's deficits are decreasing, jobs are growing, and our government's credit rating is on a path to being restored, then, and ONLY then, is our support for our representatives, justified. Watch what they do, not what they say. Actions are truer than words.
Step 5: Act responsibly. We Americans must admit to ourselves what we don't know. If we are not trained in economics, we should not pretend that we understand economics on the basis of what our politicians have told us. We KNOW they haven't followed responsible economic policy, or we wouldn't be in the crisis mode we are in today.
The ability and will to respond appropriately to this national crisis and Turning Point is up to us, the American people. If we send money to, and vote for, our representatives, we are in effect saying we approve of the government's performance and actions. You may like what your representative is saying. However, if your representative is not persuading his fellow Congress persons to act responsibly, then your representative is ineffective. We can no longer afford to keep ineffective representatives in Congress. We need problem solvers in Congress with the ability to negotiate and settle upon practical and effective measures to rescue our nation's future. There simply is no substitute for responsible action, now.
Americans have left these issues up to Congress and the White House. They failed us. It is time Americans took these matters into their own hands legally, and peacefully, by raising hell with their representatives, and pledging to vote and support measurable progress; not political slogans, blame, and posturing. We only have to act as if we have a democracy, in order restore democracy in America. Government policy dictated by a minority is not democracy. Government at the hands of a complacent and silent majority, is a democracy, but, not the kind that will rescue our nation's future. Support a challenger, vote for a challenger, and if you can, become a challenger to those responsible for bringing our nations future to its knees.
Americans lose trillions and Congress goes on vacation. Sounds to me like Nero fiddling while Rome burns.