The Republicans lost the majority in Congress in 2006; and now, after the most recent elections, the Democrats are very close to having a filibuster-proof Congress, depending on the outcomes of the elections in Minnesota and Georgia. Why have the Republicans done so poorly in the last two elections? We believe one of the reasons is that they’ve abandoned their core conservative values, one of which is fiscal responsibility. And it’s not just the Republicans in Congress. During the last two years, President Bush has signed spending bills as if there were an unending supply of money. There is a definite disconnect between the Republicans elected into office and the voters, and the voters displeasure was reflected at voting booths across the country. Unfortunately, compared to the Democrats, the Republicans are penny-pinching misers. Since our elected officials refused to listen to the voice of the people, we watched helplessly as Congress approved a $700 billion dollar bailout with apparently no rules attached. Now there are talks of more bailouts for corporations and also talks of helping people with their mortgages—loans for which they shouldn’t have been approved in the first place. Where does it end? Where do we draw the bailout line? What makes one corporation more deserving than another? Do we bailout the auto industry when their CEO’s are fiscally irresponsible; i.e., three CEO’s flying in three different private planes to testify before Congress that they need money?
Below is a link to an article that shows just how disconnected the members of Congress are regarding taxpayers’ money.
We need to hold Congress’ feet to the fire. We encourage everyone to write their Congressmen and demand that they stop the fiscal bleeding.