The bridge collapse in Washington State is only the latest reminder of the inaction that has marred this Congress. The signature achievement of this Congress is their inability to achieve anything. The only bills which can even come to the floor for a vote are ones that are self serving or ones that illustrate their hatred for Obama. With no legislative agenda and lack of Congressional leadership, this Congress makes Americans long for the days of Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America (www.nationalcenter.org/ContractwithAmerica.html). Because although many Americans disagreed with the Gingrich Congress, at least they could understand the direction Newt and the Republicans wanted to take the country. Moreover, even with their own created distractions, Newt could command the Republican caucus and bring them together for the important purpose of governing this nation.
This Congress is just a fragmented mess with every congressman trying to outperform every other. Each senator is preparing to run for president and every representative just wants to go back to his district and report how he has stopped the Obama agenda. Very few are trying to work on legislation which will improve the lives of the constituents whom voted them into office, and those who are working diligently on bipartisan legislation are being overshadowed by the ones who solely want to extend their 15 minutes of fame.
In the meantime, bridges continue to crumble, workers continue to struggle looking for decent paying jobs, and children continue to go hungry as more and more slip into poverty while Congress does nothing but try to link President Obama to the scandal of the day. It is obvious that in this day and age running for office is a continuous process; the end of one election just marks the beginning of another. However, the senior congressmen in both parties were suppose to be the mature adults who were expected to keep the younger congressmen in line so that some of the “people’s business” could get done. Today, leaders like Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell are inconspicuously absent, and we are seemingly subject to the immature ambitions of the newest up and comer in either party. The success of President Obama is probably the catalyst of this new environment, but the leaders of both parties must quickly reign in this unbridled wild ambition or no work will ever get accomplished. The consequences for the American people of this lack of legislation could be as detrimental as bad legislation.