Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Would You Let a Fired Employee Write Your 2011 Business Plan?

That's precisely what we are doing. The 111th Congress has failed to even pass a budget for the upcoming year and now, after a substantial number of them have been fired as a result of the November elections, they are rushing through a budget at the 11th hour, just 19 days before the end of their term. This congress has made a habit of this; the massive Health Care overhaul, their "centerpiece" (which a federal judge has ruled "unconstitutional"), was jammed through in the dead of night before members even had a chance to read it. Speaker Pelosi's response? “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

Indeed. Well, we found out what is in it (and are still looking), and the more the American people see, the less they line it:
Coinciding with a federal judge’s ruling invalidating a key element of the health care reform law, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for the landmark legislation at a new low – but division on what to do about it.

The law’s never been popular, with support peaking at just 48 percent in November 2009. Today it’s slipped to 43 percent, numerically its lowest in ABC/Post polling. (It was about the same, 44 percent, a year ago.) Fifty-two percent are opposed, and that 9-point gap in favor of opposition is its largest on record since the latest debate over health care reform began in earnest in summer 2009.

More also continue to “strongly” oppose the law than to strongly support it, 37 percent to 22 percent.
Yes, and this legislation was their crowning glory! The people have not only thoroughly rejected this legislation, we, during the November elections, thoroughly rejected this congress. This may well end up to be the worst congress in history; it has been inept and has arrogantly flouted the people's will. Their imperiousness has not only been noticed, it has earned them the distinction of being the most unpopular congress in the history of polling:
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.

The prior low approval rating for Congress was 14% in July 2008 when the United States was dealing with record-high gas prices and the economy was in recession.
Now, with just 19 days until their term is relegated to the annals of bad history, they are attempting to jam through a fat laden, sickeningly "sweetened" $1.1 Trillion spending bill as their parting shot. This is tantamount to a fired employee emptying the office supply closet, stealing all the furniture, leaving you with an irrevocable budget for the following year, and driving away in the company car!

This bill is unacceptable. There should be a stopgap spending bill to ensure the government's basic funding through January and the new congress should pass a austere spending bill that is commensurate with the cuts that are so sorely needed.

After having participated in tripling the deficit in the last two years, the President has begun to talk about "deficit reduction" like Lindsay Lohan talking about quitting cocaine. Put the bill on his desk and let's see if the President's resolve is any stronger than Lohan's.

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