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0752, 27 Dec 22

Congress is broken

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a part:

The $1.7 trillion – TRILLION – omnibus spending spree that Congress passed before running home for the holidays is a perfect example of how dysfunctional Congress has become. For the moment, let us set aside the grotesque sums being spent. Let us ignore the thousands of wasteful earmarks contained in the over 4,000 pages. Let us block out the fact that we have added over $2 trillion to a national debt this year that is already much larger than the annual gross domestic product of our nation. Let us try to forget that this deficit spending will perpetuate the rampant inflation that is destroying American’s earning power. For just a moment, let us set all of that aside and look at the process that led to the omnibus monstrosity.


The first thing to realize is that Congress has given up on budgeting. It was never perfect, but many years ago, Congress would actually craft a budget. They would consider the tax revenue and costs and try to prioritize. There were some who wanted to mandate that the budget be balanced. Occasionally, they would even check the Constitution and consider if a budget item was permissible for the federal government to do.


Congress does not budget anymore.




Our Congress is broken and we, the American people, have allowed it to happen. Our Constitution relies on people of good character to uphold its tenets and for the voters to hold them accountable at the ballot box. We have not done our job at the ballot box, so they are not doing theirs in Washington.


0752, 27 December 2022


  1. Mar

    Yep, I agree. This is the swamp and thecGOP and Democrats are responsible.
    Another reason to get rid of McConnell

  2. Tuerqas

    Oh puhleaze!!! To stop blaming the voting public for the political machine dedicated to perpetuating and enriching itself is the first step to recognizing where the problems lie. The political machine decides who gets on the ballot box and there is never a person that can’t be bought or forced to do what the ultimate leaders decide. There are a few true conservatives here and there with good intentions, just like there are a few Democrats who would follow their platforms if allowed. However, they are taught that to get anything done they must give up their constituency. It is out of our hands as long as the current leadership is in power. The system is broken, but it is out of our hands to fix at the voting level.

    There won’t be any white rider flying in his white jet. We already pretty much know that if Biden runs he’ll get one nomination and Trump will likely get the other. So an 80+ yr old dementia patient or an 80+ year old megalomaniac…Go America!!!

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