Simply put – as a collective, those occupying the hallowed halls of the US Congress are, at best, a very pathetic lot. I’m not going to call them clowns because I recognize both the viciousness and the shrewdness involved, so pathetic remains a suitable adjective.
We elect members to the House of Representatives on two-year terms – thus they make selfish decisions in light of their upcoming re-election bid that is always just around the corner.
We elect members to Congress who make decisions based on their needs, their party’s needs, and their donor’s needs – with the country’s needs no more than a selective sound bite.
We elect members to Congress who get outstanding financial support from special interests, so the elected legislate to the needs of the donors. Open Secrets is a great resource about campaign donors, PACs, and lobbying.
We elect members to Congress who fail to accept responsibility – just listen to them for proof.
We elect members to Congress who use their position to secure their next job. Not all, after all, but this applies to too many.
We elect members to Congress who get favors from the law for which is illegal for private citizens – such as insider trading.
We elect members to Congress so they (as a body) can determine their leadership based on their fund-raising ability for the party.
We elect members to Congress who regularly speak to financial accountability but regard Congress’s own operating budget as a well-guarded secret.
We elect members to Congress who are not the problem because it’s those from the other districts and states.
Meanwhile, with most of 2012 lying ahead, do not expect much from Congress in 2012 for this reason – both parties are rolling the dice with hopes of gaining power from the November vote so they can drive their agenda. Yes, they are truly pathetic.