"I hope any town hall meetings which are held in August are uncomfortable for the Congressmen or women. There is a whole lot of explaining to do. The citizenry is not happy."
Please! Stop bothering me with the facts! Debt, smet! Who cares? We have bigger fish to fry these days! Oh, really? Never do today what you can put off with tomorrow. Or something like that. Yes, we once again, we "kicked the can down the street" last fiscal year when we did one more continuing resolution (CR) budget. However (and this is a big one), EVERYONE promised (cross my heart hope to die promise) that WAS THE LAST ONE! The GFY 18 budget was going to be by the book.
Plus - part and parcel of doing this spiffy new budget which will right many wrongs, will be a fix for the debt ceiling. Makes sense as the budget is due to be set in place by October 1st and we reach the end of the rainbow with our debt ceiling shorty thereafter. Seems easy to me. Now that we hooched up healthcare reform, all we have on our radar prior to October 1st is tax reform, the budget, and the debt ceiling. Oh - did I mention the boys and girls of the House are now basking in the sun on a five week vacation? No sweat - they will be back in town in early September. Plenty of time - NOT!
Not only should the House not be on vacation, the members might have to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to even have a snowball's chance of getting these three things done prior to October 1st. Here we sit in July of 2017, with $20T in national debt, over $100T in unfunded mandates, a broken healthcare system, no budget, an out of date tax code, decaying infrastructure, an expiring debt ceiling, the Norks and Iranians shooting missiles all over creation, and Paul Ryan thinks the team needs a five week vacation? On what planet?
Most of us who are still working or remember the days we did work, could not imagine having a plate that full. Better yet, we could not imagine going into our manager's office and asking for five weeks off. I know my former boss would have either fired me on the spot or taken me down to HR for a drug test. The government? They play by much different rules.
I hope any town hall meetings which are held in August are uncomfortable for the Congressmen or women. There is a whole lot of explaining to do. The citizenry is not happy. This is not what we voted for. Action. Results. Change. That is what we voted for. It really is as simple as that.