Congress: no more symbolic votes
The Kansas City Star
Wednesday, Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the vote was passed 244-185. This was the 33rd time the Affordable Care Act was put to vote. This was another time it was put to vote for no reason other than for a symbolic statement to show the nation that they disagree with health care reform. The Senate, led by Democrats, is expected to kill the law.
Thanks Congress for spending two days voting on a bill that will go nowhere. I wasn’t quite sure where the Republican Congress stood on the Affordable Care Act after the first 32 times they voted on it, but now after time 33 I think I am clear. You may want to consider time number 34 in case your position slips my mind. Maybe you can put that behind other symbolic things you would like to vote on. I don’t think we’ve voted on whether or not the Eagle is still our national bird lately, or if red, white and blue should still be on our nation’s flag.
I would like to review the last round of campaign commercials from all those voting yesterday and see how many said the phrases, “no more politics as usual”. Yesterday was a perfect example of more politics as usual. Our country can’t afford to waste time symbolically voting on anything. Our economy is still in trouble. Americans still need more jobs and Congress is wasting time on Washington symbolically voting.
Campaign promises were broken yesterday. This isn’t about whether or not you like the Affordable Care Act or if you are a Republican or Democrat, this is about keeping our politicians working in Washington. The politicians talk about not wasting our tax dollars and what they did yesterday was a waste of our time and money. If we owned a business and our employees told us they symbolically worked, we would have to reconsider their employment status. Expect the same from the people who run our country.
Republicans in Congress, your message has been delivered more than enough times. No more symbolic votes. I have to go to work today to support my family and there is nothing symbolic about it. So should you.