November 28, 2011
Super Committee Revisited
Go back in time with me to August 23rd, 2011. On that date, I wrote a blog about the newly-introduced "Super Committee" tasked with trimming $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next ten years. Despite the fact $1.2 trillion is a relatively small amount when you consider the U.S. budget over the next ten years is projected to be somewhere around $44 trillion, it was quite obvious from the get-go that the "Super Committee" was going to be, in pop culture terms, an "EPIC FAIL". And so it was...
Truth be told, I don't really expect to get kudos for predicting failure for the Super Committee specifically and Congress more generally. THEY NEVER FAIL TO FAIL!!! Failure in Congress is as American as apple pie and baseball.
However, I do want to take issue with the idiots that continue allowing these "epic fails" within our government: the voters. Yes, I understand 47% of Americans will pay no federal income tax this year. Predictably, those 47% will vote for the politician(s) that promise the most 'free stuff'. Traditionally, the politicians that promise the most 'free stuff' to their constituents get re-elected. Hence, they must continually promise more 'free stuff' to continue winning elections.
I, for one, take offense to the 'free stuff', because I and thousands of other business owners and taxpayers are the ones paying for the 'free stuff'. I also take offense to the corruption in government that created this situation in the first place. Yes, I have specific ideas about how we go about fixing our debt situation, but neither you or I have the time required to tackle the issues comprehensively. So...my quick and dirty fix:
Once again, I am calling for the institution of term limits; obviously we're too stupid to vote the epic failures, I mean politicians out of office, so let's protect us from ourselves via constitutional amendment. While we're at it, let's make serving at the highest levels of the executive or legislative branches of government unpaid positions. Yep, you read that right; I don't want any politician making promises and compromising his/her integrity because they need the 'job' to make their house payment next month. Besides, I want politicians in D.C. who are there for the betterment of their country; not ones there because the job offers good pay and sweet benefits.
We are all responsible for holding Congress's collective feet to the fire. Let them know failure isn't an option. Next year's election is YOUR CHANCE to terminate the jobs of those who continue to fail this country. If I have my way, there will not be a single incumbent left in Congress come January 2013. THEY FAILED. If you or I were this bad at our jobs, we would have been FIRED long ago.
Super Failure, Super Waste of Time & Money, Super Egomania...call it what you will, just don't call it a Super Committee.
Make it a great week,
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