Congress' New Year's Resolution


This is the time of year when we compose New Year's resolutions.  Actually, since we know we won't keep them anyway, we don't bother doing them for ourselves; it would be a waste of time.  Instead we provide to other people, as a service, the resolutions that they should make if they were as smart as we are.  Hey, if our entire Federal government and our entire leadership elite can think in this way, why can't we?

As we've all observed, there is nobody less qualified to compose resolutions or anything else than our hopelessly feckless and incompetent Congress.  Fortunately, we don't need to compose a long list of resolutions for a Congress which probably couldn't understand all the big words anyway.  We only need just one:

Stop passing laws!

The thankfully-ending 111th Congress, and particularly the voter-repudiated "lame duck" session of it, has been unnaturally busy.  Obamacare, DADT repeal, the START treaty, and no doubt countless renamed post offices have made their way through the legislative process and become the law of the land.

In what way is our country better off for any of this?  It isn't!

If Congress had been dismissed two years ago as soon as they took their oaths - more big words they don't understand - would America have been worse off than it is today?  Far from it!

You might say "Well, Congress has to pass a budget at least" - but this year, they didn't even do that.

For the coming year, the one resolution which could do our entire country a world of good, would be for Congress to dedicate its session, not to the creation of yet more onerous and intrusive laws, but to their repeal.

Don't make a new program.  Find out the existing agencies that have failed to fix whatever problem exercises you, and get rid of them as the useless parasites they are.

Don't authorize more government employees.  Draft in timewasters from some other part of the Federal government that's not doing anything useful.

Don't buy or build more government buildings or facilities.  Close down the ones we already have.

We've asked, many times, for an example of government spending that actually did anyone any good; answer came there none.  Today we ask: can you think of a law in the last 50 years, a new regulation, a newly-created bureaucracy, that benefited the country?

Actually, we can: welfare reform, which removed the automatic right to a government check, and was in effect a repeal of an unwise, imprudent, misbegotten Great Society law.  Likewise deregulation of the trucking and airline industries, and more in the same vein.

There is nothing left for government to do that's any use.  The only benefit to be had lies in cutting government back and out of areas where it does not belong.

As a side benefit, all the cutting and slashing would fix our deficit problem too!  What's not to like?

Will Congress entertain this beneficial resolution?  If not, we know what our resolutions for 2012 (election year) will be.

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Politics.
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