Posts tagged: Congress
Good morning, Netizens…
After last night's Republican candidates debate, and still reeling with the vision of the various candidates gleaming beneath the lights, attempting to distance themselves from other Republican aspirants to the Presidency, each attempting to portray themselves as something they are NOT, that being ethical, it seems likely that cartoonist David Horsey might take a shot at it, I wasn't the least bit surprised at this cartoon this morning. Rather, I was expecting it. It seems defensible that anytime you hold an election for any office, you inevitably encounter lobbyists, who seemingly creep forth, out of the woodwork, each eager to represent their “masters” in a favorable light.
With fourteen million unemployed people in the United States, you might think there would be a lobbyist group representing the long-term unemployed, but guess again. In fact, as far as I know, there are no lobbyists representing ordinary U.S. Citizens, even in an election year.
I did cackle with some unrestrained glee at Horsey's portrayal of the U.S. Congress. I guess it gives streetwalkers a bad name.
No, the only targets assigned to lobbyists are members of the Congress, ostensibly each of whom have their hands out, eager for some of that good old payola. If any member of Congress sits on a key committee or are pivotal in a key vote, the lobbyists beat a path to their door with offers, lots of offers.
It's the price of doing business with the government.
Of course, I might be wrong in this.
Good evening, Netizens…
I think I might have an issue, our dysfunctional congress, where cartoonist David Horsey and most of the people reading it may agree.
Granted, I do not know for a fact that the event as depicted by Horsey actually ever occurred, but I do believe if it ever did, someone would be almost certain to threaten a filibuster to prevent such a bill from being introduced. After all, you have members of Congress who teeter to both the left and right; some even further than that. Do you think for a moment you could get them all to agree on a single issue?
Personally, between the Tea Party, the Conservative Right Wing Republicans, the Conservative Liberals and the leftist Liberals, I am surprised they are able to agree often enough to pass any legislation. Of course, my favorite axiom when it comes to members of Congress is, “we have the best possible Congress that money can buy.”
Of course, your thoughts on this may differ.
Good morning, Netizens…
I believe it was Will Rogers who once penned that we should hide women and children whenever Congress is in session. Well, as of today, women and children are once again safe because Congress is heading home to tend their re-election fires, hopefully to return after vacation. Did Nancy Pelosi get the job done? I’ll leave that determination for everyone else, but I think not. Unemployment and poverty are higher, health care is still a nightmare and there is no end in sight to the bad economic news.
However, as the cartoon shows, the Congress is leaving with a job half-completed.
But at least, thank God it’s Friday! Just a few more days of summer-like weather and then our temperatures will return to seasonal norms and it will be time to gather tomatoes as quickly thereafter as possible before the killing frost arrives.
Where did the summer go? It was about as short-lived and perhaps less-useful than Congress, some say.
Good morning, Netizens…
This morning’s David Horsey cartoon could get interesting as he takes on the National Rifle Association. It seems New York Mayor Bloomberg is pushing Congress to prohibit the illegal sales of guns at gun shows. Although I do not have any statistics to back up my theorem, I believe avidly that more illegal sales of guns, such as to felons, actually take place between private citizens, rather than at gun shows since you do not have any licensing requirements.
Granted the NRA probably has more congressmen under their control than Horsey’s cartoon suggests, but all one has to do in order to prove that idea is simply publicly speak out against gun ownership. Then step back a pace and wait for the fury to unfold. People in high places will come screaming out of the cupboards at you, suggesting that you are the direct descendant of daemons, and the root cause of ongoing criminal activities.
Given the sheer hypocrisy with which the Spokane Police Department cross the criminal line, that they recently have committed crimes much the same or worse than those committed by persons they ostensibly pursue, I cannot see where I have much choice than to possess at least one gun, for my own self-protection. In the last five years, upon several occasions, I have had to use a gun to stop armed burglars and various kinds of ilk who were attempting to make off with my property, including two jail birds who were attempting break into my house last winter. So I guess, in an abstract sense, I support the NRA. Times are hard, and ordinarily stable people are becoming increasingly desperate.
However, I did observe in Horsey’s cartoon that the bullets in the gun belt are upside down, pointing upward rather than downward. I haven’t figured the implications of that out just yet, although there could be a hidden meaning there.
Bloomberg doesn’t stand a chance against the NRA.