I was not exactly stunned and shocked to learn that the so-called “Supercommittee” reported failure to achieve anything, and isn’t even bothering to meet today. There were probably a handful of people across the nation who thought maybe these 12 folks could come to consensus on some cuts and tax tweaks. But those who thought the committee might accomplish anything at all are the eternal optimists who see a pile of manure and think “oh boy, there’s a pony around here somewhere!!!”.
There is no such thing as reason in Congress any more. It’s all political push-pull, driven by seemingly unlimited cash spent to buy influence, and the constant quest for party advantage and re-election. A corollary to this is the signing of “pledges” by so many of these dweebs: pledges about taxes, abortion, marriage definition, and so on. Pledges seldom allow for compromise of any sort, regardless if it’s for the greater good.
We need term limits. Rare are the people like Scot Klug, who kept his word and served as long as he said he would.
We need to stanch the flow of influence-buying cash. That means we need election contribution reform.
Perhaps as much as anything else, we need an electorate that takes the time to really learn about candidates and issues. We need fewer Tea Parties and fewer Occupys and fewer one-issue groups and more informed voters.
We may need to fire the lot of them, the Members of Congress, and start over.