In 2011, the inability of Congress to compromise on the debt ceiling resulted in the unprecedented lowering of our government’s credit rating. In 2012, Congress scared everyone by threatening to go over the fiscal cliff, a doomsday scenario created by Congress to force itself to do its jobs.
Now, sequestration looms – another self-imposed congressional farce which, if not acted upon, may send our rebounding economy into a tailspin.
But who suffers from these congressional follies? Certainly not Congress, but rather the American people. We lose our jobs, benefits, homes and businesses. Member so Congress still have guaranteed paychecks and Cadillac health care while being courted by special interest that throw dollars around like Halloween candy in October. Why must we bear the consequences of their ineptitude?
If Congress needs to self-motivate, I suggest this: The next time they set a date when very bad things will happen if they are unable to do the people’s business, have the package include a 50 percent cut in their own salary and benefits. Perhaps a healthy dose of the real world will get them to work together.
Besides, from an employer’s viewpoint (and make no mistake, we are their employers), if they can’t do their jobs, why pay them at all?