Worst Congress …

Worst Congress Ever?

It’s no surprise that 60 percent of Americans, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling for the leftist Daily Kos website, think that the current Congress is the worst ever. Of course, we don’t expect the Daily Kos to note that most of the problem comes from an obstructionist Senate leadership that refuses to put anything passed by the House to a vote. However, when Congress does act in a bipartisan fashion it tends just to make things worse (with rare exceptions like the recent JOBS Act).
A prime example is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), also known as the highway bill, a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation spending that passed in late June. Once it was enacted, special interests put on their best jilted-lover act, wailing about not receiving every handout they had requested.
So what did Congress do? It resorted to tricks and obfuscations to provide “pay-fors” for new spending programs. Such budgetary legerdemain allows members of Congress to claim with a straight face that their new spending somehow reduces the burden on the taxpayer, even as it actually increases it.

Read more: http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/16/worst-congress-ever

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