Here are just a few things Congress has done in this session instead of dealing with the deficit, a budget, a jobs bill, immigration reform or an energy policy:
1) VACATION Congress took a lot of vacation. Since the first of the year. the House of Representatives has been on vacation as much as it has been in session. They like to call it "in district constituant services," but it is really fund raising and vacation.
2) TRASH CONSTITUTION Both the Senate and House debated for some time over allowing the Federal Government to arrest citizens inside the United States and hold them in military custody indefinitely and without a trial. Finally they decided that darn Constitution just gets in the way.
3) TRASH CONSTITUTION TWO Both the Senate and House debated seperate bills that would allow the Justice Department to shutdown any web site for being "Rogue." They were promoted as anti-piracy bills, but the power was so broad they would have violated Freedom of Speech rights. The bills were fueled by corporate lobbyists that wanted to take out competition. Again, after much debate, the whole thing is on hold. Gee, what a shock. Congress ended up doing nothing.
4) VOTE FOR GOD Who says Congress can't come together to take on the tough issues of the day. In a 396-9 vote, Congress reaffirmed "In God We Trust" as the national motto. It wasn't in any danger. Congress just wanted to vote on something, Hmmm, I wonder why Congess likes "In God We Trust so Much." Oh that's right -
5) READ A CENSORED VERSION OF US CONSTITUTION You can't make this stuff up. Congress read aloud the Constitution, for the first time in history, but then ironically ruined the point of the whole thing by leaving parts of it out. So they censored a document that fights censorship in the very First Amendment. Later, the Speaker addressed Tea Party members and mixed up the Constution with the Declaration of Independence. Can't a guy ad lib?
6) GET PIT PASSES FOR LIFE This Congress was good to Nascar. First, it cleared the way for Governement money to be used to sponsor a Nascar Race. Then it okayed tax cuts for Nascar. Thank goodness in these days when veterans, the elderly and schools are seeing their money cut, NASCAR will be okay. Hey, wait! What a great idea! Maybe Senators and House Representatives should be required to wear the logos of all the companies and special interests that have bought their votes, just like Nascar drivers.
7) PIZZA IS A VEGETABLE Or as kids call it - "The Most Awesome Bill Ever!" As a way to derail an Obama Administration initiative to make school lunches healthier and with the prodding of food industry lobbyists, Congress declared Pizza is a vegetable because it has tomato sauce. I know, I know, tomatos are fruits, doesn't matter. Congress says they are vegetables. Hey, Big Mac's have lettuce and tomatoes AND pickles - a Big Mac is a salad!
8) RUIN THE FUNERAL OF AN AMERICAN ICON Frank Buckles, the longest living and lone survivor of Worl War I, died this year at the age of 110. He came to symbolize al the men who fought in that war. In his and their honor, veterans requested that his remains lie in honor in the Capital building. It was blocked by Congress.
There is a much longer list of Congressional insanity, but I don't want to ruin your day.
We need to force Congress to re-focus on the economy. Dowload the Pledge and ask them to sign it.
We will keep a running list of those who do and thos who refuse on this site.
We need to insist that Congress do its job.