Over the past several days I have noticed that there has been a surge in searches on my sites for a couple of key terms. Re-election and Nancy Pelosi, followed by Barney Frank and several other issues. This is definitely a reflection of the election of Senator Scott Brown, but it is also a trend that has been growing for the past 3 months.
In the past year Congress has authorized more spending than the combined totals of several Administrations prior. If the last 2 months are considered alone, the proposed $1.9 trillion debt limit increase and the $1.5 trillion increase at the end of 2009, there has been more spending that in decades combined. The national debt is rocketing towards $15 trillion, with barely any indication of a pause in spending until the election of Sen. Scott Brown.
In the past year alone over 3 million people lost their jobs. A number that continues to grow at a pace that is beyond economist expectations. That is inclusive of over $150 billion spent on the Obama Stimulus. Yet in 2010 expectations are that another $400 billion will be spent to stimulate the economy with a net result of reducing unemployment to just 9%. That 1% point drop in unemployed only factors in the people receiving unemployment benefits from the Government, and does not address the small business owners and people that have used up benefit payments. Potentially 17% or more of the nation will remain unemployed by the end of the year.
For most of 2009 Congress has been focused on the Health Care Reform. A Bill that is universally opposed by a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and Independants. A Bill that contains numerous taxes and fees that will affect businesses and individuals of every income bracket alike.
The list of things that are problems goes on and on. Yet Congress continues to move forward, even now that the Democrat supermajoity has been removed. Even as this is being written, the Democrat leadership is continuing to pledge to pass some form of the Health Care Reform that the public does not want. The question we must all ask is why?
Why is it that Congress is acting in a manner detached from the public? Why are people searching for the opportunity to vote Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi out of office? Why did a Democrat bastion like Massachuesetts elect a Conservative Republican?
Because Congress is filled with people that have been in place too long. There are many Senators and Representatives that have been in place for a quarter of a century or longer. While I don’t have the exact figure, a quick guess would estimate that all of Congress contains at least 50% of elected officials that have been in place for over 3 terms. I believe that most in Congress have held their positions for 15 years or more at this point.
When there are elected officials like Nancy Pelosi, that have held the same office since 1987, they no longer believe they are acting for the perople, but that the people act for them. It is akin to fiefdoms across America, with the public little more than serfs. It is the antiesis of democracy. And it would seem that it has reached a boiling point.
Why are there no term limits for Congress? Why should anyone that has not read a proposed law, and voted for it, be allowed to continue to provide shabby service to the public? Because they have done the job for a long time? If you have a mechanic that fixes your car every 6 months for years, charging you ever higher bills for often the same exact repair, wouldn’t you go to another mechanic? Or would you keep them becuase you know he mechanics name?
This is not just a Democrat issue. The exact same thing can be said of Republicans. Elected officials for life is little different than minor monarchies (which many have called the Kennedy’s in regard to their positions in politics in Massachuesetts) based on the preservation of power far more than the needs of the people. Looking at the career of Senator Arlen Spector is the clearest example of this.
Perhaps if Congress as a whole was restricted to 3 terms, and then a new elected official was required we might not have the political mess that exists today.
But what do you think?
Michael Vass is the owner of M V Consulting, Inc. and a professional blogger. Mr. Vass can be reached at [email protected] for comments or questions.