There is good news and bad. The good news is that our feckless, subservient Congress has been out of town for seven weeks. The bad news is that they return to Washington tomorrow.
Since 2011, many of us have been bewildered and increasingly furious at the House and Senate for not doing their Constitutional job to check the most radical, destructive and lawless President of the modern era. The Congress simply refuses to use its power to stop the economic and foreign policy disasters that have swamped the nation like a canoe in a hurricane.
Now, with Donald Trump surging in the polls, you would think Republican lawmakers would come back to Washington determined to help him on key issues like the imploding Obamacare mess, regulatory over-reach and the immigration disaster. You would be be wrong.
After two decades of falling violent crime rates, due in large part to locking up dangerous criminals, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his minions are intent on passing the so-called “Jail Break” legislation desperately desired by legacy-minded Barack Obama, dramatically rearranging the ability to keep hardened felons behind bars, and putting many back on the streets overnight.
My colleague and long-time Senate and House staffer, writer and commentator, Richard Falknor at the Blue Ridge Forum has done a superb job of summarizing the impending disaster succinctly; so I turn to his latest warning on stopping this misguided legislation, with the hope that constituents bombard their House members, demanding that Congress address the real issues at hand; not one of the rare things Congress has done to help keep American families safe.
Freedom Strategies for the Grassroots – By Richard Falknor
“If Merkel says so, it must be all right, no reason to panic.”– The Looming Crisis in Europe
Next week the House of Representatives will be back in session after a seven-week vacation. Many long-time Republican voters will remain assured by their House GOP member — like so many German voters by that nation’s leader – – that “it must be all right.”
After all, our voters have known their United States Representative often for years. Whatever needs to be done for the country and for their state, their House GOP member will likely know best. It’s just a matter of trust!
It is simply bad form to argue with elected Republicans — like those strident Tea Party voices — over thorny issues that likely offend. Or even worse, to get into the weeds with these solid Party folks on their voting records.
After all, local GOP meetings are supposed to be cheering sections for incumbents and sources for campaign volunteers. Only the meanest Country Class folks would think of local Republican meetings as occasions for accountability from elected Representatives.
But if you don’t share this Ruling Class view, below is Daniel Horowitz on the pressing issues Congress should face between next week and the end of 2016!
The opportunities are endless. Republicans could use legislation, floor speeches, committee hearings, and the ‘must-pass’ budget bill to focus attention on Obama’s treasonous alliance with Iran, his plan to increase refugee-intake in October, the collapse of Obamacare, or stopping Obama’s giveaway of internet domains to an international tribunal controlled by Russia, China, and Iran.
Sadly, there are no plans to focus on those issues. What do they plan to focus on instead? Jailbreak legislation. Because, why focus on 80-20 winning issues that are critical to our national security when…you could further cement Obama’s jailbreak legacy?
Horowitz is a long-time expert on the nuts and bolts of the Congress as well as its potential for advancing patriotic principle — which potential few Republicans grasp. Read all of his post.
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