It’s my observation that the country as a whole has a serious case of what can best be termed American Attention Deficit Disorder – (AADD). A really good example of how this works is actually occurring right now in the Congress.
The Rs captured the lower house in the 2010 mid-term elections. During those elections, the rallying cry was “JOBS!” Entering office, there was a continuance of this mantra. So one might expect that we would have heard so much about jobs by now that we would actually be sick of hearing about them, never mind writing about them. What has been done since these stalwarts have taken control? The following is a list, admittedly incomplete, of the work that has been done towards this end to date.
Reading of the Constitution. This took several days. For many, it may have been their first exposure to the full document and some of the newer members were horribly conflicted by such items as The First Amendment.
The show votes
– H.R. 2: – Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
Last Action: Feb 1, 2011: House Energy and Commerce: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
– H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
March 17, 2011 House Committee on Energy and Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than April 7, 2011. Last Action: Apr 7, 2011: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 28.
How interesting, they’ll get a double distraction for these since they’re coming up for a second round sometime later this year.
Check out website: http://energycommerce.house.gov/default.aspx I’d be interested in hearing the opinions of this website from others here.
And now we’re having a huge debate about the budgets for 2011 and 2012, the continuing resolutions for financing the government and many of the R touchstone ideals they’re pursing in their continuing kulturkampf.
Just to be sure that the confusion continues, the House is now spending over 1/2 million dollars to hire the high-priced law firm of King and Spaulding to defend the silly DOMA that our President told our Attorney General not to defend.
What happened to jobs?
Fortunately, there has been some modest improvement in this area. U3 unemployment was 8.8% during March. This is a decrease from the highs of 2009. GDP has shown growth in every quarter since the second quarter of 2009. Corporate profits have been at record levels for several quarters now. Why aren’t these patriotic citizens re-investing in the US? Why are $2 Trillion being held hostage by these citizens? Whose money is this?
What will next week’s distraction be? Further, are enough of the disaffected voters who sat out 2010 voting (about 58% nationwide) paying attention and, if they are, will they vote in 2012?
The Rs are engaged in a massive re-direction of attention. This is an integral part of creating an illusion – ask a magician. We were looking for jobs but now we are more interested in whether or not gays should be allowed to suffer in matrimony as the rest of us sometimes do?