In November “we the people” caused a tremendous change in our representative congress. Tired of business as usual, tired of an unresponsive congress, and seeing the financial crisis brought on by a congress intent on spending until there was nothing left to spend, and more, the people made a change.
The people put fresh blood in congress, both in the senate and in the house of representatives. Candidates made promises, very specific promises, that included no compromise, no “necessity of governance” as an excuse, and no abandonment of principles.
General promises included lower taxes, less intrusion by the Federal government into peoples’ personal lives, and a return to governing under constitutional principles.
There were two very prominent and very important specific promises made:
• People were promised a repeal of Obamacare. To date, the new republican majority in the house of representatives has done, and continues to do, as much as possible to keep that promise. Republicans in the senate have yet to show their true colors, as they have the “minority party, no control” excuse to fall back on.
• People were promised a $100,000,000,000 cut in spending for fiscal year 2011. There was no “we’ll try” or “I’ll see what I can do” waffling during the campaigns. Nobody spoke of a “willingness to compromise” because “that’s how Washington works, that’s called governing”. It was a very specific amount… $100,000,000,000… And it was a promise, not a wish.
Now, when push comes to shove, we see those politicians, elected based on promises made to their constituents, starting to get the Washington disease of Eexcuse-itis, with their knees turning to jelly. It seems there is going to be a “compromise” that reduces the $100,000,000,000 to a figure somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,000,000,000. The $100,000,000,000 was not nearly enough, but was a good start that would have signaled that we have elected good representatives that choose to govern on principle, not party or special interest. Principles like small, unobtrusive, constitutional government, lower taxes, and something that has been sadly missing in our elected officials…being truthful.
Instead we get a $60,000,000,000 cut…hardly a drop in the economic disaster we have…because of “compromise” and “that’s how governing is done”.
The bottom line is, it is looking more and more like we elected to yet another bunch of liars.
I suppose we should have seen it coming when Scott Brown was elected to fill Teddy Kennedy’s seat. Despite running as a tea party favorite who claimed to be a constitutional conservative, Brown turned out to be just another Massachusetts democrat who lies and puts a capital “R” after his name.
So, our elected officials didn’t get the message, despite how loudly we sent it. Call your congress critter and tell them we intend to send that message again in 2012 if they don’t return to the promises they made. Tell them louder. Much, much louder.
While you have them on the phone, or in your in e-mail, remind them of the bottom line fact:
“We don’t work for you. You work for US.”
There is a form over in the far right sidebar to help you find out who your representative and senators are and give you contact information.
- Boehner snubs tea party, shows willingness to compromise (capitolhillblue.com)
- Rejecting Budget Compromise, Activists Demand Government Shut Down (blogcritics.org)
- Congress Leaders, Seeking Budget Deal, Prepare to Sell It (businessweek.com)
- Negotiators work at compromise, tea party watches – Atlanta Journal Constitution (news.google.com)