Like beating your head into the wall trying to make anything happen. I agree, lock em in and throw away the key until something gets done. And really, I don't think any one can point fingers at any particular party. This was a problem when there was a Republican president, and is when there's a Democratic one, and will be again whenever the power shifts. Everyone points fingers at everyone else, when really it is EVERYONE'S problem.
they're either going to do something last minute, which is right about.... 2 hours ago... or Obama will write in something all brand new in January.
What I really can't understand is the disconnect between what voters want and what the elected freaking DO. It's like as soon as they're voted in they go off leash. I've mentioned before having it so breaking campaign promises was an impeachable offense... There is an enormous disconnect between what people are voting for and what really happens. Even if I don't agree with it I'd like to see a closer connection between the voters and the reps. Otherwise we're just playing a sick game.
What I really can't understand is the disconnect between what voters want and what the elected freaking DO. It's like as soon as they're voted in they go off leash.
This is actually a question that was covered quite in depth when I was doing my undergrad in political science (my emphasis was domestic policy). Is it congress' responsibility to vote the way their constituents want them to? Or is it their responsibility as the elected representative to vote in the way they feel is in the best interest of their constituents/party? It depends on what you think the role of an elected government is. Historically, elected representatives were generally the better educated land owners and as such, were charged with the responsibility of stewardship, essentially. The most obvious example of this is the electoral college.
Today, however, we have different expectations.
Sorry for the digression, but your question is really one of the stumbling blocks of our system of government.
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Tax hikes on individuals making $400,000, familes making $450,000
Estate tax raised to 40% for estates over 5M or 10M if married.
Highest tax rate from 35% to 39.6% for that highest group
No provisions for spending cuts.
Very clear which side is being bipartisan and which side is not. Let's go over the cliff and let things wash out to be what they will be. We can rebuild and move on. A compromise like the one above does no good, IMO.
How can they be so obstinate aboit enactimg real spending cuts?! Spending is soooo out of control. Has to be obvious even to a moron.
Obama does not think we have a spending problem... In his mind, the way we get out of debt is by govt spending. That is why he is completely unwilling to cut a penny from the budget and he wants to add more spending,,, justified in his mind because he just got more tax revenue. However, that tax revenue is a mere pittance....