1/28/2010

Whose fault is it then??


In a long honored tradition, last evening President Obama took to the airwaves and reminded us that the problems we are facing, as a country, are the result of President Bush.  I say "long honored" because President Bush reminded us that President Clinton caused the problem; President Clinton reminded us that President Bush (the elder) caused the problem.   That is 24 years of "Not MY faults" for those of  you who are counting.  So whose fault is it then?  I say.......the fault lies at the heart of each and every American...not with our President.
We keep doing the same thing, and expecting a different result.  But here is something to consider...
ALL (and I do mean ALL) of the US House of Representatives is up for re-election this year.  Every one.  Nancy Pelosi.  John Boehner. (Leaders of Both Parties).  All 435 voting members.
Although many folks are so tied to their parties (Dem/Repub/Libertarian/Independent), perhaps real change would come if we vote every single one of the incumbents out.  If your Rep is Democrat, you would vote for the republican - if your rep is republican, you would vote democrat...and on and on.  EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.   This would serve several purposes:
1.  It would bring pork spending to its knees.  If everyone was new, no one would have the long standing affiliations that would change their mindset about "what is best".  No political "paybacks" would be owed.
2. Everyone would be a freshman representative, and no one person or state would hold the balance of power. (ie: Pelosi now, Gingrich earlier, etc.).
3.  It would be the ultimate in term limits.  The longest standing members of the house?  Um...30 minutes..upon swearing in.    Take a look at this list of the Top 10 Longest Serving Members - seriously.  Oh and more than 85 members have more than 36 years.  Think any of these folks are worried about us...the people?  Nah.  They are career folks working for the Government.  Period.

1
1
Robert Byrd (H,S)
+57 years, 25 days
+57 years, 25 days
2
2
Carl Hayden (H,S)
56 years, 319 days
56 years, 319 days
3
3
John Dingell (H)
+54 years, 46 days
+54 years, 46 days
4
4
Jamie L. Whitten (H)
53 years, 60 days
53 years, 60 days
5
5
Daniel Inouye (H,S)
+50 years, 160 days
+50 years, 160 days
6
6
Carl Vinson (H)
50 years, 61 days
50 years, 61 days
7
7
Emanuel Celler (H)
49 years, 305 days
49 years, 305 days
8
8
Sam Rayburn (H)
48 years, 257 days
48 years, 257 days
9
Joseph Gurney Cannon (H,I)
48 years, 0 days

10
Sidney R. Yates (H,I)
48 years, 0 days


Quite frankly, if a mass movement (which I know is almost impossible) occurred and we voted EVERYONE out, it would truly be a new day , and the accountability would cross into the Executive Branch, over to the Senate etc.  Why?  Because then the people would have TRULY spoken - "Get it fixed now - without any further crap - politics aside, or you ALL are gone until we find someone who can".
Just think of the message that We the People would send to the President, the Senate, and the like by saying "Because you all were there...you are now gone" to the folks in the US House.  It is a big reminder that our goverment is "By the People, For the People" rather than "By the Caucuses, For the Big Political Action Committees"
Interesting thought huh!

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