by MARIO DEPEINE
As I listen to the back and forth supposed “talks” about the “fiscal cliff” and now “gun control” there is a common theme that keeps coming to mind. I listen to all the poll results and all the questions asked of the American people and still the same thing keeps coming to mind. When I look back at the election results from November 2012, my mind still pivots back to the same thing: Where is the heart? Where is the backbone? Where is the part of this process that says “Do what is right for the American people!” Where is the part that says “You were sent to Congress to do what the American PEOPLE want!”
Instead, we have Senators and Representatives ignoring what the PEOPLE want. Poll after poll shows clearly that the majority (over 55%) of Americans want the rich (those making over $250,000 a year) to pay a higher tax rate (repeal of the Bush tax cuts). Poll after poll shows that Americans do not want cuts to program for seniors (Social Security, Medicare, etc.) in order to protect the rich. Now, with the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the PEOPLE want real and meaningful gun control. Yet, as with the other issues, Congressional members are still slow to take meaningful action that would be in the best interest of most Americans and especially our American children (rich, poor, black, white and all in between).
There has been extreme negligence and malpractice in Congress for the past 4 years. Instead of things getting better it seems “It is business as usual” or should I say “no business as usual!” Historically speaking, this current (112th) Congress has been one of the least productive. Which begs the question, “What are they being paid ($160,000 salaries and higher Congress by the Numbers | HobnobBlog) for?” Why are so many American dollars, taxpayer money being spent to employ a group of people who are not working for the benifit of the American PEOPLE? That is illogical, ineffective and plain counterproductive. When we look at the areas of least effectiveness in the country, we have to look at the Senate and the House of Representative. We have to look at the Republican and Tea Party members that are more concerned about their donors than they are for the American PEOPLE!