Voters Should Give Congress an Earful During August Recess

| August 9 2013
The Hot Spot

It’s Time to Demand Leadership From Boehner and McConnell

Members of the House and Senate have left Washington and returned to their districts and states for the month-long August recess. For most, it will be a mix of vacation and encounters with voters in local town meetings and forums.

righteous_angerAll 234 House Republicans have been armed with a detailed “Planning Kit,” which includes a suggested op-ed with the predictable line: “Every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington.”

The kit is titled “Fighting Washington for All Americans.” It is filled with predictable talking points and cynical suggestions for manipulating the media.

Voters who encounter House members and Senators this month should have nothing of such poll-tested nonsense that treats them as a herd of know-nothings who can be easily bamboozled.

What they need to do is turn the tables on their elected lawmakers and call them on the collective carpet for their lack of leadership. They need to demand that for once these privileged so-called public servants stop talking and listen.

Then they can fill their ears with the facts that defy the platitudes that spill out of the Republican leadership in both the House and Senate:

  • House Speaker John Boehner, along with his deputies, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy, has failed them. The same applies to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his deputy, John Cornyn. They are timid and bloodless.
  • The failure to investigate Benghazi aggressively is a disgrace. The failure rests with Boehner, who defiantly resisted the call for a House Select Committee on Benghazi so he could protect his turf-minded cronies who chair major standing committees. The Benghazi investigations in the House are a shambles. It may now be too late to hold the administration accountable for its shameless cover up.
  • Time is running out to stop Obamacare. Republicans have a golden opportunity to defund the law when Congress will pass a continuing resolution to fund the government after September 30. They should stop the handwringing over a government shutdown. If Obama wants to close the government in a fit of pique, let him do it. Stop being defensive and say that a government shutdown will be his fault, not theirs. The public will agree as the much-despised Obamacare takes a major hit.
  • Another extension of the national debt is unacceptable. It now stands at 17 trillion with unfunded liabilities of about 100 trillion in such programs as Medicare and Social Security. Republicans should demand that the President and the Congress turn their attention to the real escalator of national debt – runaway entitlements that will bankrupt the nation. Stop the nonsense about the defense budget and the safety net that protects citizens who need assistance. There is plenty of money for the essentials; what needs a cut is more government spending for Obama’s pet projects, and real entitlement reform.

Voters who meet their Washington lawmakers in public forums this August will be angered by cheap public relations. As they did in 2010, they should raise a ruckus and demand that their leaders in the Republican opposition stiffen their spines and do their jobs. It’s about time.

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