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Congress Lurches From Crisis To Crisis

Principled small government constitutional conservative Senator Marco Rubio of Florida recently sent out a newsletter that neatly summed-up why many Americans are losing faith in their government.

US Savings BondRubio said, whether it’s a "cliff," a "ceiling" or a "sequester," Washington politicians in both parties are guilty of using manufactured crises to force through bad legislation, often with loads of pork-barrel spending hidden inside the bills.

As Rubio noted, most recently, it was the 2:00 a.m. New Year’s Day “fiscal cliff” deal -- that supposedly was the only way to keep taxes from going up on millions of Americans -- also included huge tax breaks for special interests.

The bill included up to $480 million in aid for rum production, a $2,500 tax break for individuals purchasing certain electric scooters, $430 million in tax breaks for Hollywood productions filmed in America, a $40 million tax cut for NASCAR, and $12.2 billion in tax credits for renewable energy projects. And that’s just to name a few. The real crisis is Congress’ failure to enact long-term solutions to address our run-away spending and ever-growing national debt.

Rubio voted no on the "fiscal cliff” deal, and was naturally attacked from by the Left and by big business for doing so.

Now establishment politicians of both Parties are setting-up another crisis: the debt limit.

Our friends over at The Washington Times report that the Obama White House has already set the stage for this crisis by putting the responsibility for handling the debt limit solely in the hands of Congress.

“There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills, or it can fail to act and put the nation into default,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Saturday. “Congress needs to do its job.”

This would appear to rule out the two ideas Democrats on Capitol Hill have floated to avoid dealing with the problem and taking any tough votes to cut spending or reform the entitlement programs that are the major drivers of federal spending these days.

One idea would have Mr. Obama cite the 14th Amendment’s guarantee that the debt of the government cannot be questioned as authority for paying bills even beyond the limits set by Congress. The other, seen as a less-likely option, would have had the government mint a trillion-dollar coin, which some analysts said could avert a crisis by boosting the funds in the federal Treasury.

As The Washington Times reported, the White House made its move just one day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and fellow Democratic senators sent a letter to Mr. Obama telling him to ignore Congress and claim unilateral powers.

Frankly, Obama’s prompt rejection of the idea of using an extra-constitutional approach to dealing with the debt limit, at the same time he so readily embraces extra-constitutional action on so many other matters, from gun control to the Obamacare abortion mandate, makes us wonder if the debt ceiling isn’t a set-up for justifying some kind of future Presidential power grab.

But let’s ignore the possibility that if Congress fails to raise the debt limit with no conditions Obama will later justify unilateral action by saying, “I gave Congress a chance and now I must act to save the country,” and take the President at his word.

Without real, long-term solutions to our spending, deficit and debt problem, Congress is going to continue to lurch from crisis to crisis -- and does anyone think those long-term solutions are going to be found in the next few weeks while Congress is in recess awaiting Obama's inauguration?

Yes, the congressional addiction to spending is part of the problem, but the real problem is the principle-free “leadership” of establishment Republicans like Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who simply refuse to develop and fight for conservative solutions to our spending, deficit and debt crisis.

As long as the present cast of establishment Republican business-as-usual characters are running the show on Capitol Hill, the solution to the next crisis will always be a short term midnight deal with billions in pork and the total avoidance of our real fiscal problems.

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Lurching Congress

Rubio is wrong. Many Americans are not losing faith in the government. Overwhelmingly, Americans have LOST faith in the government (noticed I did say "their" government). Poll after poll, year after year, shows Americans have absolutely no confidence in Congress. Washington long ago stopped representing the American People. Obama is just the latest example of the Chief Executive going off on his own agenda--citizens be damned. Obama just so happens to be the most blantant of the bunch. Elections are gerryrigged through gerrymandering to ensure reelection. A minority of voters can elect a president; 51% isn't even required. That leaves everyone else unrepresented. My only question is how long is the American Public going to take it before we get sick and tired of being sick and tired.

My goals as a senator

1. Get re-elected

2. Acquire rich lobbiests as friends

3. Get re-elected

4. Get rich

5 Get re-elceted

6. Go on world wide vacations at taxpayers expense

7. Get re-elected