Three cheers for a do-nothing Congress
re "By their resolutions you shall know them", Rocky Mountain News editorial, 8/20/08
The inactivity of the current do-nothing Congress in the last session was indeed “no bad thing for the country”. The less they do, the less they spend and the more slowly we realize Thomas Jefferson’s maxim that “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
As someone who votes primarily in support of limited government, low taxes, and spending restraint, some years ago I would have suggested that inactivity by a Democratic Congress is an especially good thing. While that may still be true, the years leading up to the 2006 election showed us that we should be at least as afraid of any one party controlling both Congress and the White House as we should of either party by itself, even if it’s not the party we support. That is the best reason I can think of to support John McCain. If you think this Congress is bad, just wait until they’re able to “get things done” with a liberal Democratic majority and Barack Obama up the street, bill-signing pen in hand.
As far as what else Congress did for the last several months, all I can say is “three cheers for meaningless resolutions” since anything “meaningful”, especially from this Congress, is likely to be an assault on my freedom, my wallet, or both.
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