Why reward failure?
Men and women are sent to Congress to do a job – ergo it’s reasonably fair to expect them to do…well…to do a job. I’m not going to cite chapter and verse, but besides strutting around like a little banty rooster, with a tan and John Edwards hairdo – exactly what kind of leadership has Boehner shown?
Obama is oozing favorability like the old Chevy Corvairs leaked oil. While it’s always possible, at this juncture it’s highly unlikely another Democrat will enter the race against him. So, why isn’t every Congressional Republican who is breathing, filling the airwaves and news outlets with deafening eruption of facts.
I know some will say that Congress is holding hearings. I say big deal. Congressional hearing are nothing more than taxpayer funded kabuki theater. As I tweeted yesterday – when was the last time a Congressional hearing resulted in someone going to jail? When is the last Congressional hearings resulted in more than E.P.O.P., i.e., “extended periods of pontification” before C-SPAN cameras for those on the committees?
Congressional Republicans have not had a better opportunity to factually fillet an inept president since Jimmy Carter. Instead of leading we have Boehner walking around with Eric Cantor and a phalanx of junior Republicans, who bump into one another whenever he makes a sudden stop.
Even with the announcement that the SCOTUS would hear arguments on Obama’s forced healthcare debacle, Congressional Republican leadership is silent. We see Solyndra and the perhaps as many as another eight, if not more, green tech companies who were given hundreds of millions in taxpayer bailout money, even though the private sector had refused them. Private sector investors refused them because they knew the companies were doomed to failure, but Obama thought it okay to give them our money, just in time for them to go belly-up. Does anyone with a brain believe that Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the decisions to dole out monies to companies like Solyndra on his own? What about Fast and Furious – do you really believe a border ATF office made the decision to distribute guns to drug cartels in Mexico? You would have to believe in the tooth fairy to believe that Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Attorney General Eric Holder weren’t involved. The level of probable criminality is astronomical – why aren’t Congressional Republicans doing more to expose this and bring it before the people?
Where are the Republicans on the Keystone Pipeline? Obama’s refusal to approve a source that would create thousands of jobs and point us toward energy independence should be the first words from their collective mouths, yet they are for practical purposes silent.
They were sent there to do a job and the only thing they are doing is growing rich at our expense. I for one am tired of paying and rewarding a do nothing failure of a Congress. The so-called battles Republicans are fighting aren’t being fought for us – they’re an inter-party turf war for the preservation of political power.
Aided and abetted by feckless presidents and Congressional corruption we see the collapse of the financial markets, we see Sarbanes-Oxley, we see Dodd-Frank, we see failed bailouts, we see jobs being sent overseas, we see government agencies openly refusing to allow American businesses relocate, we saw Obama shutdown the fishing industry and rebuke judicial directives. Do Congressional Republicans want us to believe that these things and the host of others aren’t enough for Congress to bring action against this Administration?
And if they won’t do it now, when will they do it? As mentioned, they were sent there for a reason and they’ve forgotten that reason. Thus, I argue it is time to re-teach the lesson by replacing as many Republicans as possible. We expect Democrats to behave like Democrats, but we have a higher level of expectation for Republicans. And we should hold them to it or replace them.
And let me throw one more thing into the mix before I conclude. With Republicans behaving this way now, what can we reasonably expect them to behave like if Romney is elected. Good ol’ boy cronyism would soar to untold levels. Is this or that what we as responsible voters really want?
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here