Congress Is Out Of Control (June 26, 2006)
Congress refuses to address the most pressing problems today–a bloated and growing federal budget and the Iraqi Quagmire–and instead is trying to find more ways for the government to interfere in our lives. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid exceed 40 percent of federal spending and will increase with each birthday of the Baby Boomers. Another looming problem–unfunded or inadequately funded pensions–will require increased funding of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or another government agency with a similar mission in the near future. The Iraqi Quagmire has now slogged on longer that America’s involvement in World War II. Continued involvement does nothing to protect American interests. The National Guards of the states need to be redeployed to their home bases to assist in protecting citizens from the ravages of hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, earthquakes and rain damage. These issues do not trouble Congress. Rather, Congress wants to define marriage, yet marriage must be defined by consenting adults. Congress wants to ban flag burning, yet free speech is an individual right. The Fall elections offer a chance to adjust priorities.