My Way News: Election spooks lawmakers, curbs Congress spending
The 2010 elections have changed the direction of government only half way through the primary season, with voter anger and economic jitters causing lawmakers to balk at their most basic duties as well as key elements of President Barack Obama’s agenda.
After betting their political future on a government-mandated expansion of health care to include millions more Americans, Democrats appear to have little appetite for more legislative showdowns given voter rebellion against government spending amid trillion dollar-plus annual deficits.
The solution in some cases is to simply not vote. Immigration reform is too politically toxic. Key bills with massive price tags are getting shelved.
Congress’ core duty, exercising its power of the purse by passing a budget? Negative. A vote for it could be seen as a vote for deficit spending. There’s no sign of the 12 annual spending bills that typically come up in June.
The thought of the fat cats in D.C. literally paralyzed with fear makes my heart warm. First of all, it’s awfully hard for them to spend money or take away more of our civil liberties when they’re not doing anything. Secondly, they ought to be afraid of the people. Now so more than ever.
But while this is good news for now, we absolutely must have follow-through in November or it will be back to business as usual. And these days the only “business as usual” in Washington is fattening up the gluttonous monster that is our federal government.