December 22, 2010
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One would think that politicians in Congress would think it normal to work all the time. But it seems that there is usually a good excuse to be used every election year: wait until after the election to avoid fallout.
What? Are you serious?
I along with many other people believe in a saying that goes: “what’s a politician’s primary job? To get reelected!” Now, maybe it’s that I don’t understand the game, or wouldn’t want to be a player in the game, or just think the game is stupid. But to me, if I’m in congress to get things done and represent the people, then I should be constantly working on the important legislation of the day, and letting the chips fall where they may. But let’s look at how the waiting game has been played by looking at the current lame-duck session.
In the last few weeks, there have been votes on bills to extend current tax rates, dont’ ask don’t tell, and the extention of unemployment benefits. While some politicians (namely Dems) said before the election that they “didn’t have the votes needed to pass (insert legislation here)” before the election, other politicians went on record condemning the action.
Quite frankly, the entire “we have to pass it now or the unemployed will lose their benefits and everyone will get a tax increase” drama was unnecessary. Regardless of what we heard in the media, are we to believe that there was seriously a concerted effort to hammer out those issues before the election? I think not. Both sides sensed blood in the water, and for the side in danger, they didn’t want to put themselves in a worse position. Don’t want to do anything that might jeopardize the free access to the Congressional spa, do we?