So our Congressional body has a 15 point approval rating. Yup, only 15 percent of the people in this country feel as though Congress is getting it correct inside the beltway.
If we were to morph those numbers into real life and suggest that only 15 percent of the people I work for thought I was doing a good job, I’d be fired. If a major league baseball player was only hitting the ball 15 percent of the time he’d be an insurance salesman. If a weatherman got the weather correct 15 percent of the time he’d be Š well, probably the best weather guy on the planet -- but that’s a different column for a different day.
But when we, as a culture, allow this to happen again and again ... well, I might make the suggestion that the problem is us and not Congress. If we can’t see that the people we keep electing aren’t doing the job to our satisfaction, it’s time to do something about that. We can either not re-elect them or we can put them back in Washington and demand that they move the agenda forward. We can demand things like sequestering not happen. Even Vermont Congressman Peter Welch calls this process stupid. If we’ve got our own elected official calling things "broken" why can’t they all come together and fix it? Why is it that we have to be beaten about the face and neck with terms like Fiscal Cliff, Economic Downturn and Sequester only to have them charge in at the last minute and fix it? I, for one, am growing weary of it, and would like it to stop.
If getting Congress to work together means I have to stay on top of my Congressman then that’s what I’ll do. They keep manufacturing these crises that we, as the "common folk," have to try and decipher and quite frankly who’s got the time. I don’t mind doing my part and chipping in, but let’s get real here. In life I don’t hire a plumber so he can come to my house, charge me $75 an hour and watch me fix the leaky faucet. I hire the plumber, point at the sink and then my part is done -- and if the plumber doesn’t fix it or, worse yet, only does 15 percent of the job: he’s fired!
I’m not sure why we can’t adopt this mentality when we deal with elected officials. I know that there will always be some sharp differences between the left and the right, but at the end of the day both parties want what’s best and that’s to build this country back up and get it clicking on all cylinders again.
Where does this leave the nation? If you ask me, it puts us in the unenviable position of having to monitor what our Senators and Congressional Delegates are doing. If we don’t like it, then we have to take the time out of our very busy lives and let them know. I suppose that’s what the polls do, but at that point, it’s too late. They got the low approval rating because a pile of bad decisions were made already which forced people to say, "Hey! You guys stink!" And if we’re at that point, it’s harder to fix.
I had an opportunity to talk with Congressmen Welch who gave me some good insight as to what’s going on, and he told me that Congress agrees on more than you’d think but they just don’t push those things through. Why? When they agree on the right course they don’t take it. That probably has to do with back room deals, and they hang on to those cards to get other things pushed through (just my opinion).
Enough is enough. It’s time for elected officials to do the right thing and that’s make decisions to implement forward progress. Could you imagine if you had a plumber at your house fixing your toilet and he knew the right thing to do was plumb the raw sewage outside but instead pumped it into your house?! You would have, yup Š a house full ofŠ. What the hell is up with that?