Congress Fiddles While the Middle Class Burns

With gas prices pushing $4.00 per gallon and food price inflation at the highest rate in twenty years, I find it infuriating that Congress is content on wasting our time.

Most middle class families in this country are struggling to simply survive while trying to raise a family, and build a retirement along the way. Is it too much to ask our government to let us do this without being pounded into economic submission by consumer prices?

You might find it amusing to discover what your Congress has been up to in the face of our current economic situation. One would think that our elected officials would be drafting legislation to ease this aforementioned burden on the middle class. This is not the case unfortunately.

With some quick research, what I found was an astounding absence of action by the House and Senate on bread and butter issues that really matter. Here are some apparently key pieces of legislation that Congress felt compelled to send to the floor during the current session:

January 22 – H RES 866 Honoring the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard whose tireless work, dedication, and commitment to protecting the United States have led to the Coast Guard seizing over 350,000 pounds of cocaine at sea during 2007, far surpassing all of our previous records (under suspension of the rules)

January 28 – S 2110 To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 427 North Street in Taft, California, as the “Larry S. Pierce Post Office”. (under suspension of the rules)

January 29 – H RES 933 Commending the Louisiana State University Tigers football team for winning the 2007 Bowl Championship Series national championship game. (under suspension of the rules)

February 6 – H RES 943 Remembering the space shuttle Challenger disaster and honoring its crew members, who lost their lives on January 28, 1986 (under suspension of the rules)

February 7 – H RES 947 Congratulating Lee Myung-Bak on his election to the Presidency of the Republic of Korea and wishing him well during his time of transition and his inauguration on February 25, 2008. (under suspension of the rules)

February 12 – H RES 909 Commemorating the courage of the Haitian soldiers that fought for American independence in the “Siege of Savannah” and for Haiti’s independence and renunciation of slavery (under suspension of the rules)

Fdebruary 27 – H.Res. 1001: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5351) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy conservation. (On Agreeing to the Resolution) (Yeah!)

March 5 – H CON RES 286 Expressing the sense of Congress that Earl LLoyd should be recognized and honored for breaking the color barrier and becoming the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association League 58 years ago (under suspension of the rules)

April 16 – Sustaining the Ruling of the Chair: H R 2537 Beach Protection Act

May 5 – Table Motion to Reconsider: H RES 1011 Calling on the United States Government and the international community to promptly develop, fund, and implement a comprehensive regional strategy to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian operations, contain and reduce violence, and contribute to conditions for sustainable peace and good governance in Chad

May 15 – H R 5614 Original Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Ultra-High Relief Palladium Bullion Coin Act (under suspension of the rules)

Okay, there’s more where that came from, but that’s enough to chew on for now I think.

I did not find one resolution that will have decisive, short-term impact on fuel prices, oil exploration, oil production, green technology, the strategic oil reserve, research and development of alternative fuels…you get the picture.

To be fair, this list obviously isn’t complete, but if you visit the link below, you will be hard pressed to find many resolutions of economic significance to the middle class, save for a renewable energy act, a few ‘bailout’ packages to help people who should have exercised more common sense when buying their homes, and the economic stimulus package (that isn’t working according to most economists). The Farm Bill written by Tom Harkin (vetoed by King George and overridden by Congress yesterday) is mixed in there as well…just to be fair. 

Conclusion – Congress is intent on throwing up their collective hands, telling us there’s nothing they can do, and letting us suffer.

If this non-sense keeps up, it may be time for folks to dust off the shotguns and start taking Thomas Jefferson up on his advice. Oops, was that revolutionary innuendo? Sorry.

Check out all resolutions from this Congressional session here

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