Surely I am not the only red-blooded American patriot who finds the current congressional recess appalling.
Why? Because of the job that the House and Senate have left undone before they shoved off on their lengthy time away from doing the people’s work.
Both legislative chambers — which are getting no help from the White House — have so far failed to provide relief for Americans caught in the pandemic vise. What makes this so terrible, so galling, so appalling is that while Americans are suffering from job loss, the loss of their medical coverage and possibly even their homes, members of Congress have jobs to which they will retain even while they are cavorting through their districts or perhaps jetting off on those infamous “junkets” to glamor spots around the world.
Do you get my drift here?
Americans are hurting because of the economic hardship brought to them by the pandemic. They depend on their elected representatives and, yes, even the president, to help them with assistance from a government that is assigned to look out for them and to provide for the “general welfare” of the public.
They are failing. Who pays the price? The public is paying grievously.
Let me be clear on this point: My wife and I are not among those who are suffering. We are retired from our careers and we live a quiet but comfortable life in Collin County, Texas. We don’t get out much, owing to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 viral pandemic.
Other Americans aren’t nearly as fortunate as we have been.
They are looking for unemployment compensation assistance. Republicans want to scale it way back; Democrats are fighting for more money.
Oh, and Donald Trump? He’s threatening to gut the U.S. Postal Service because he doesn’t want mail-in voting — believing it will hurt his re-election chances. The upshot is to stall any sort of legislation that would assist Americans in need of help from the government during this perilous time.
This is yet another example of disgraceful demagoguery.
Meanwhile, Congress is failing as well. House members and senators are leaving their constituents in the lurch while they take time away from doing their job.
Their job is to legislate.