This week Congress gets right back to work where it left off: creating more legislation and therefore usurping more liberty from the people. The problem in America isn't that there is not enough legislation or not enough regulations; the problem is too much of both. We need fewer rules, fewer bureaucracies, and less obligations to the Federal government — not more.
Nevertheless, Congress is up to its old tricks of "doing something" so they have something to campaign on later this year. Something is better than nothing, right?!?
Following is a list of what the congressional agenda to start 2014 will look like:
- The Senate is expected to take up debate on extending long-term unemployment benefits. These expired at the end of 2013. How about taking up some legislation that lessens regulations, and lowers taxes so businesses can become profitable and create jobs instead?
- House Republicans will decry every bad thing about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Why don't they just defund the law, since they are the finance arm of the government? Oh, that's right, at the end of 2013 the Republican led house created a budget that includes the full funding of Obamacare until after the 2014 elections. Nice to know we have friends in high places.
- Nomination for Communist Janet Yellen to replace Ben Bernake as Federal Reserve Board Chairman will find its way to the Senate floor. Republicans are said not to put up a fight.
- January 2014 is also the time Congress will take up a large appropriations bill in order to fund most of those “citizen friendly” government agencies (EPA, Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service, ...). We can thank Republicans bi-partisan effort with their “step in the right direction” for these new spending levels. Don't worry, the budget bill of 2013 has savings in 2022 and 2023... really.
- Congress will take up the Farm Bill again. This failed in the summer of 2013 because common sense Republicans rejected Speaker Boehner and the rest of the republican leadership by standing firm. These common sense republicans said the farm bill should not include food stamp payments. The farm bill is to be about farms, not food stamps. What a concept.
- Finally there is Immigration Reform (aka amnesty and a promise of a border fence).
Maybe it's time to change the roster of republicans who represent us in Congress? All of the above is bad, bad, bad for the law abiding citizen. There is no effort — none — to limit government in any way shape or form. Republicans continue business as usual and then run back to their districts to say that they dislike the DC culture, the bureaucracies and the laws they all helped to create and fully fund.