Friday, January 7, 2011
A Message to Congress
As the new session of congress begins, I would like to say a few things.
First of all, to all the members of congress who are still current or were just voted out but helped pass a lot of important legislation in the so called "lame duck" session. THANK YOU. Nothing pisses me off more than when the Senate and House sit around for a couple months because some people are leaving. All members of the House or Senate were elected for a two or six year term and I expect them to work in one way or another the entire term. Hey, I knew I was going to be laid off last summer, and you know what would have happened if I sat on my ass and didn't do my job those couple months before my layoff? I would have been fired much sooner...without pay. Every time there is a lame duck session where the congress does nothing, I as a tax payer want my money back. I understand if there was nothing to do but to stall just because some people are leaving or control is changing to a different party is dumb. Do your job...the entire time. So thank you for doing that one of the first times in my life.
Secondly, to all the incoming Republicans, Tea Partiers, and existing congressmen who now want to spend the first couple weeks of the new session trying to completely repeal the 2010 Health Care reform...Fuck off. It's not perfect, that is granted but it actually does have a lot of good parts. So instead of wasting time trying to repeal the whole thing which nearly every considers next to impossible - repeal most likely won't pass the Democratically controlled Senate, and even if it did the President will veto, and let's be honest you do not have the votes to override. Instead of wasting time showing off that you are against healthcare reform (a pretty stupid position in my book - why do you want to deny people with pre-existing conditions?), why don't you instead work to fix the parts that aren't as great? You might actually be able to make some changes instead of just wasting time and my (tax payer's) money on useless endeavorers...because honestly doing that sounds like the typical "business as usual" partisan bullshit that most of you ran against. PS - you get health care coverage that takes effect immediately, and don't have to worry about pre-conditions (coverage which is paid for 75% by tax payers). Stop trying to deny every once else a chance for similar benefits.
Finally, just do your job. Your job is not to be a total idiot listening to your party and doing everything that they want. Your job is not to listen to big business or take lots of contributions for your political future (or your pocket). Your job is to your constituents. Listen to them, do what they want...we are your boss - not your republican or democratic leaders. Benefit the citizens of the United States instead of looking out for your own interests. There is a reason that it is called Public Service. If you do this, the public will take care of you.