The “fiscal cliff,” Sandy relief, the debt ceiling, balancing the budget, funding our government, bipartisan politics, the list goes on. Congress should be ashamed. Many courageous Americans have given their lives over the years for the United States. They have suffered insurmountable odds to do whatever it takes to build this country to be the best in the world.
Congress, however, always blames someone else for not doing what it takes. What would America be like if everyone just did his or her job? Compromise. Members of Congress must represent all Americans and fulfill their duties as outlined in the Constitution. Remember the oath of office? Live up to it.
It appears easy to hide and remain anonymous in Washington. It’s interesting that Congress can create committees to investigate every popular event that arises.
However, when Americans want to know why our government cannot work effectively, we are told it’s complicated, too many levels, too much politics.
You want a definitive answer? Pick a cable show. It would appear many do have the answer.
Instead, they all represent a side and blame the other side. How’s that been working out?
I beg Congress to find a way. It is very sad that it appears to take horrific events like 9/11 or Sandy Hook to really unite the United States.
We have witnessed Americans uniting through social media and face to face.
The love and compassion we Americans have to serve and assist those in need is sometimes organized at a moment’s notice.
We need Congress to be motivated by the values that made this country so great — honor, unselfish courage, valor and an unrelenting willingness to admit their mistakes and recognize what is good for the majority even if it means losing votes.
Dim bulbs at work
Reading Dave Barry’s Jan. 1 take on 2012 gave us a chuckle, but then some of the reality sunk in.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on 16-ounce soda sales was a running joke throughout the piece. Do large sodas really have to be banned to save people from themselves?
Now Congress has banned the manufacturing or importing of 75-watt incandescent light bulbs.
Are they kidding us?
Congress can’t even agree on how to balance the budget, but it can save the planet by making it a crime to manufacture a light bulb.
While the average American is worrying about job security, taxes, the fiscal cliff and their health-care coverage, our leaders are sweating the small stuff and creating laws that aren’t necessary.
Connie and Bob Kubilus
Honestly discuss gun violence
The accelerating incidents of shooters killing innocents makes it imperative that we all look deeply and try to understand how these things can be prevented. We need to do this now. It cannot wait.
I’m sure there is blame enough to go around, but we don’t need to be distracted by blame-casting.
I’m sure there are those who would slant the discussion out of greed, to keep selling firearms. The world will not be helped by exposure to their slant.
I know there are those who think that no one should have a gun who is not in the military or law enforcement. The world doesn’t need their dogmatism.
Everyone involved should humble themselves for the greater good. Let there be no sacred cows.
The Second Amendment won’t be in danger if private ownership of assault weapons is banned.
Those who distort the danger to the Second Amendment bear a share of the responsibility, too. They should accept responsibility.
Let there be no exaggeration in the discussion, no fear-mongering.
Those involved should be responsible and speak honestly and clearly, if they remember how.
Firearms manufacturers and sellers make a lot of money. Good for them. But I’ve seen their ads, some of which feed on insecurities and equate gun ownership with masculinity. They also bear some of the responsibility.
Those who would cut funding for mental health programs should ask if this is compassionate and helpful, or political posturing.
Every single one of us is called to humble himself or herself as we consider this because not only are the victims the children of all of us, so are the shooters. We can do better by all of them.
Elaine D. Fisher
Not long ago, a budget surplus
This is in response to the Dec. 31 letter “Enough of stalemate.” The comments about the fiscal cliff are more than amusing.
It must be impossible for the writer to remember the past administration’s constant spending, without any plan to pay for it other than borrowing from the Chinese.
Nowhere were any comments from George W. Bush about needing to pay for any spending first.
All that Congress did was to rubber stamp every spending bill that Bush put forward, like the big pharmaceutical giveaway, without regard to costs.
When Bush came into office, he had a balanced budget and a surplus, and soon they were gone. So Republicans shouldn’t talk about meeting anyone halfway.
President Obama has repeatedly tried to do just that, but he keeps being lied to by the GOP, which wants to dismantle Social Security, which should be discussed separately from budget cuts.
Yes, the top 1 percent or 2 percent of wage earners should pay a little more because they have had all of the tax cuts and breaks for almost 12 years, while every time there is a cut in spending, they seem to go for it.
Boehner on Boehner
Who would have guessed that when John Boehner was talking about someone’s “failure of leadership,” he was actually referring to his own failure to lead the teabag terrorists?