Why American Politics Don’t Work

After failing to override Bush’s veto on the Iraq spending bill, we got yet another glimpse of the Congress at its best.

“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said before the vote that he hopes to have a new bill passed in the House in two weeks, with a final measure sent to the president before Memorial Day. “We’re not going to leave our troops in harms way . . . without the resources they need,” said Hoyer, D-Md.

Hoyer would not speculate on exactly what the bill might look like, but said he anticipates a minimum-wage increase will be part of it.”

Note that last sentence, and note it well. A bill about funding a foreign military action will include provisions for a domestic wage increase. While I’m sure this makes excellent sense inside the Beltway (since Republicans and Democrats do this stuff all the time), to me it makes zero sense. Instead of narrowing the focus of spending bills to ensure their passage on their own merit, politicians learn the art of Frankensteining a bill.

Unfortunately, it’s business as  usual in Washington, while our country’s critical needs (financial and governmental) languish.


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