I have mentioned Radio Guy Josh Mothner on these pages before. Mr. Mothner hosts the Morning Mix on WGMX-FM here in the heart of the Florida Keys. In real life, he is a banker and mortgage broker. He is also a community volunteer and a serious, big-D, Demorat. He often rants about one or another of my pet peeves; sometimes he even comes down on the right side of an issue.
Mr. Mothner was in full rant this morning with pretty much the same message I’ve sent for a year: Throw da Bums Out . All of them. Every single elected official in Washington. Even yours. And yours. His is the first media commentary I’ve heard outside the blogosphere with that message.
Pick any issue of import, Mr. Mothner said this morning. Congress has bumbled it either because they act sooooooooo sloooooooooowly or because they simply get it wrong. Usually they get it wrong and it takes forever to do so.
Consider, for example, ObamaCare. If you recognize Senate Bill S.4 (the Comprehensive Health Reform Act of 2009) or House Bills HR3200, HR3962, and HR3590 (Affordable Health Care for America times two and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts), you’ll understand that Congress has been diddling while America burned.
Sadly it matters not at all whether you fervently believe that
(a) government is incapable of filling potholes let alone managing a process as big and complex as your health care; or
(b) only government is able to manage a process as big and complex as your health care.
Whatever your core beliefs, the Congress We the TaxedPeople elected has managed to assure none of us are well served by any of the more than 10,000 pages of “affordable” health care proposals now papering Washington D.C.
Have you noticed? Congress lurves the word “affordable.” They plan to force a baker’s dozen affordable issues on We the TaxedPeople this year alone. So far. Have your taxes gone down? Did your rent get cheaper? Your life must be more affordable, right? Congress says it is. Here are the baker’s dozen “affordable” bills from thomas :
- Affordable Access to Prescription Medications Act of 2009
- Affordable Care for Women Act
- Affordable Food and Fuel for America Act
- Affordable Footwear Act of 2009
- Affordable Gas Price Act
- Affordable Health Care Expansion Act of 2009
- Affordable Health Care for America Act
- Affordable Health Choices Act
- Affordable Housing and Community Development Act of 2009
- Affordable Housing Preservation and Revitalization Act of 2009
- Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Relief Act of 2009
- Affordable Reloaded Munitions Supply (ARMS) Act of 2009
- Affordable Tutoring of Our Children Act
Affordable, huh? That would be the same Congress that just passed a 12% bump in their spending budget at the same time they ruled the Cost of Living flat for senior citizens. The flat Cost of Living we see at the pump, no doubt. After all we do have the Affordable Food and Fuel for America Act and the Affordable Gas Price Act.
Perhaps Hillary Clinton summed it up best: “A camel (that would be a race horse designed by Congressional Committee) is a well-designed animal,” she told Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in recent hearings.
Throw da Bums Out! You go, Josh.
But first, throw out the Congressional Rules that allow them to pass laws that do not apply to, well, Congress Critters.
Then Throw da Bums Out, indeed. We can’t afford them.