Congress: A lost cause

August 27, 2012

If ever there were a compelling justification for term limits, the ongoing partisan stalemate in the current Congress is it. This privileged class would have us believe that only professional politicians with vast tenure can enact legislation that deals responsibly with complex national problems. Actually, most of the heavy lifting in the legislature is done by congressional staffers and special-interest group lobbyists.

The guys (and gals) in Congress have only one driving interest — maintaining their own incumbency. There's not a real statesman or woman among the whole sorry bunch and it's difficult to assess who is more culpable, our indolent president and his party or the intransigent Republicans and their tea party enablers.

Of course, we will never see real term limits in Congress. Too many of these yahoos are career charlatans masquerading as legislators and they would never accede to any usurpation of their power, prestige or perks.

In the event the U.S. economy tanks in the near future due to Congress' inability to act, I suggest our next president sharply cut congressional salaries and benefits. Nothing would get the attention of the pols quicker than the loss of their income and health insurance.

In the immortal words of Bill Parcells, "you are what your record says you are." This Congress is exactly what its sorry record says it is: Incompetent, inefficient, inept, irresponsible and, unfortunately, probably irredeemable. A pox on both the parties.

John Fuller, Perry Hall

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