Congress wast­ing tax­payer money

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

As sad as it was, last week’s de­lib­er­ate shoot­ing of mem­bers of the GOP prob­a­bly sur­prised few peo­ple. The Re­pub­li­can Party in par­tic­u­lar de­cries the fail­ings of one fed­eral agency and its em­ploy­ees af­ter an­other. Yet al­most every day the GOP and Democrats alike throw at each other the pol­i­tics of im­ma­ture ob­struc­tion, in­sults and fin­ger-point­ing. Ei­ther party pass­ing a bill but not get­ting it to the pres­i­dent’s desk is not suc­cess, it is leg­isla­tive fail­ure.

And last time I looked, our elected of­fi­cials were are all fed­eral em­ploy­ees, too. Talk about the pot call­ing the ket­tle black.

Yet, de­spite hardly pass­ing any mean­ing­ful leg­is­la­tion through both the House and Se­nate, barely work­ing six months a year and re­peat­edly us­ing na­tion-di­vid­ing and peo­ple-en­dan­ger­ing rhetoric, these men and women are all still em­ployed. De­spite that au­da­cious, un­der­whelm­ing work per­for­mance, they en­joy the best pen­sion and health care that our tax dol­lars can buy them. But they want to cut health care for 23 mil­lion tax­pay­ers and their chil­dren. That is just mean.

In stark con­trast, when we reg­u­lar folks who pay their wasted salaries un­der­per­form like they do, we get fired. When we do some­thing that harms oth­ers, we quickly pay the price. But not our Wash­ing­ton elected.

Our elected need to take a long, hard look in the mir­ror. There are many solid rea­sons they are the most dis­liked fed­eral em­ploy­ees in our coun­try year af­ter year.

Sadly, noth­ing will change on Capi­tol Hill un­til they stop be­gin­ning each day hon­estly wor­ried only about them­selves and how to de­stroy their leg­isla­tive- process part­ners on the other side of the aisle.

A.J. CASTILLA Bos­ton

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