Can you spot what doesn’t belong?

January 29, 2012

Putting Keystone and payroll tax cuts together is kinda like this.

So Congress Republicans are plotting revenge:

Republican lawmakers will try to force the Obama administration to approve the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to a highway bill that Congress will consider next month, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday.

Attaching Keystone to a pending deal to extend payroll tax cuts for workers, which has greater bipartisan backing than the highway bills, is another vehicle Republicans are considering.

I can see how, in some way, a reasonable person could think that a highway bill and an oil pipeline are related, though not directly.  But attaching it to a payroll tax cut?  What?

This is a general illustration of how dysfunctional Washington is.  Silliness, pure silliness.  We have gone from up and down votes over clear issues to mixing and matching items in bills so the public can be easily manipulated.  It’s like the universal health care bill that doled out college scholarships, as if sending kids to college has anything to do with mandating all Americans have health insurance.

Whenever two different things are put together on a bill, it means one is not likely to go the distance while the other is.  Which means one is not supported by the people, else different politicians would have been elected.  Which means the scatter of items and issues in a bill are mostly passed without consent.

These bills often become law or actions because politicians, under pressure from the public, choose the lesser of two evils.  Is it better to allow this bill to pass with a provision I am staunchly against because the rest of the bill does good things?  Or should I vote against the bill because of the one thing I consider faulty?  Often, the first choice is the route a politician follows.

Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.


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