Monday, January 7, 2013
Congress remains broken
Last September, I took the time to write and explain that Congress was broken. After my letter was published, I listened to the same old voices, espousing the same old views, and heard nothing but accolades for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. And true to form, those on the political right sent her back to Washington, D.C.
Let’s take a look, and see how that is working out for us so far — and she has just started on her new term of office.
How long have we known about the fiscal cliff? Yet, the House of Representatives (and our beloved McMorris Rodgers) couldn’t agree on anything until Jan. 1.
Not just what the president offered (both times), but they couldn’t even agree on what their leadership (Speaker John Boehner) offered as a “Plan B,”,and their solution was to just go home for Christmas, as if they couldn’t care less!
Seems to me that there is a blueprint — Simpson-Bowles — that we could use, but they can’t agree on that either.
Remember our representative talking about how she was raised on a farm, knew how important the Farm Bill is, and the rest of that “election talk?” Remember how Rich Cowan said he wanted to serve on the Agriculture Committee?
Well, you elected the same problem. Congress approved a patch — a nine-month extension of the Farm Bill included in the fiscal-cliff package.
Happy New Year! It maybe a new year, but we have the same old problems and the same old faces, and Congress is still broken!
A letter to the editor by Vern Filan of Walla Walla published Jan, 3 incorrectly stated state law requires a publicly advertised auction to sell property. RCW 28A.335.120 allows property sold for cash at either a public or private sale.