The “Turkey Congress” Marks One Year in Office

Seasons greetings as I coin a new term, calling the 112th Congress,the “Turkey Congress” which some have deemed the worst Congress in history! Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid began the Senate session with a big mistake: allowing the 60-Vote Rule to continue.  Speaker John Boehner began his reign by announcing that the goal of the GOP controlled House would be “jobs.”  One year later the House has created no jobs at all! Republicans in Congress oppose the wishes of the American people of both parties by voting “No!” on the American Jobs Act which the CBO says would create millions of jobs and grow the economy. Republicans have threatened twice to close down the government and their stubborn insistence on not raising taxes on the rich–which has the approval of over 75% of Americans–has caused the downgrade of our “AAA” rating with the credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s. Hours ago The Congress failed to find $1.2 trillion in budget cuts from a $17 trillion budget.  Such a small percentage!  As a Thanksgiving gift and warning, another credit rating agency, Moody’s, promises a downgrade if The Congress tries to subvert the automatic budget cuts lawfully enacted to avert the last government shutdown.  Will Republicans take this seriously?  They learned nothing from losing one “AAA” credit rating whiile governments all over Europe are threatened with downgrades.  Even Germany is having financial stresses.

“Turkey Congress?” Websters defines “turkey” as follows:

Definition of TURKEY

1 plural also turkey : a large North American gallinaceous bird (Meleagris gallopavo) that is domesticated in most parts of the world
2: failure, flop; especially : a theatrical production that has failed
3: three successive strikes in bowling
4: a stupid, foolish, or inept person

We have sent a foolish gaggle of turkeys to Washington to nest in the US Congress.  The have been busy constructing the intricacies of gridlock for so long that they have forgotten how to govern. Or, have they lost the will?  They cling to the goals of their inept ideology like children who don’t know better.  Once upon a time they subscribed to putting America first and doing all to maintain our “top dog status” in the world.  When did that stop being important to our legislators?  When did they stop legislating?  Who led them in a 30 year campaign to circumscribe the American Dream to the select and elite top 1% of Americans?  There can be no vast-right-wing-conspiracy more vile.  Just who mixes up the Kool-Aid they serve at The Capitol cafeteria?  America is an “exceptional nation” only as long as she works for the prosperity, health and happiness of all her citizens.  Nero Caesar has been tuning up in the wings for decades.  Can you hear the strumming?  Has the light of the flames reached your eyes?  Can you feel the heat?  How much time is left for the “bird of state” to straighten up and fly right?  God bless us, one and all!



DECEMBER 5-9 2011


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