Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
That's just it, they ARE doing their elected job. Their job is to represent the wishes of the people who elected them. 2 years into Obamas term, and people were unhappy with the state of affairs, so in big numbers they voted in Republican congressmen. The fact that this happened in places where Democrats had enjoyed lengthy tenures tells you that folks who used to vote Dem obviously must have crossed the aisle and voted Republican.
You seem to be suggesting that the job of congress is to go along with whatever plan Obama floats up there. If "the people" wanted that, they would have re-elected more Democrats, there would be no Republican majority, thus bills would be passing quickly. That is not what happened. The message from those votes, while you may not agree with it, was clear.
This is way off-base (in my opinion). The severe recession that Obama was elected into didn't even peak until a year into his term. So by the 2nd year, when things weren't suddenly, miraculously "all better", us educationally-impaired Americans did what we always
do: get rid of the people we had just voted in. Did it make any sense? Of course not, because all we did was re-empower those who got us into the recession in the first place.
And congress' job is not
to represent the wishes of their constituents -that's ignorant thinking. Do you really think that most constituents understand half of what congress votes on? What if people want the minorities removed from their district, do they get that? What if they want all emissions laws repealed, do they get that? What if they want to eliminate all the things that they don't have a personal use for?
The purpose of congress is to pass legislation, whether by compromise, reformulation, change of scope, or some other agreement. Congress is not there to sit around like idiots when the debt ceiling is about to be reached, and do nothing but speculate on what should've been done years back.
Why does everyone seem to forget that in 2006 and 2008 the pendulum had swung completely the other way - not because all democrats were suddenly geniouses, but because Americans wanted a turnover. Same thing in 2010, so it means nothing more than the fact that Americans have ADD.