Clear all of the political smoke and take heed: If you ever wanted a lesson in representative government and see first hand how our representatives handle a crisis, pay close attention because you’re witnessing the process during the most opportune time as a voter.
Constitutionally, the process begins with the president exercising his limited authority by proposing a solution to this financial crisis based upon input from his advisors and cabinet members.
Using his limited presidential power to persuade, Bush takes to the air by televising his plea to the public, albeit filled with unsubstantiated scare tactics, all in an effort to convince citizens to demand immediate action by their representatives.
But, that didn’t work.
Congress, regulated by the constitution and under the growing suspicion and outrage emerging from the public, performed its constitutional duty and took its time to contemplate Secretary Paulson’s proposal, and summarily rejected it by expanding the proposal from 3 pages to 110.
That bill failed, and the economy, despite the pleas from the administration that the sky is falling, is still limping along.
The constitution is working, but our representatives aren’t.
What we’re witnessing is a house full of representatives, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, scrambling around and illustrating their incompetence by pointing fingers at each other because they do not know what to do.
What a perfect storm– a major crisis and an upcoming election all rolled into one.
Pay attention, John Q. Public. It’s not the presidential election that is important here, it’s your representative’s behavior and their ability to show all of us, once and for all, if they have what it takes to hold office.
If not, it’s your constitutional right to vote the incompetent ones out this November.