The Constitution of the United States is vague in many areas with regard to the powers delineated to the office of the presidency. Article II sets basic guidelines, guidelines that have been expanded upon by many sitting presidents based upon their wanton understanding of what Article II gives them the power to do. Same goes for Congress. Article I gives Congress the power to amend the Constitution, and this they have done numerous times, including giving themselves a raise without the sole written consent of the people who pay those wages. Notwithstanding the original writing of the Constitution forbids the President from receiving a raise during his elected term in office, even the President has been given “cost of living increases” during their term, while the people remain at the same steady, below-poverty, minimum wage established by Congress.
While there is no direct constitutional amendment that requires the federal government to obtain a balanced budget, it is widely known that the government itself does not have any money. The money the government allocates to special interests, entitlements, and other various expenditures, debts and causes, is the people’s money. Given the rights of the people to elect members of Congress for both the House and the Senate, and since the money being shuffled around belongs to the people, it would only make sense if Congress, namely the House who has the constitutional obligation to be in charge of the people’s money, would abide by the wishes of those that elected them into office “to represent the people.”
The preamble states it is the government’s responsibility to ensure the general welfare of the people, but only as it pertains to life and liberty. Again, an ambiguous statement that has been taken to a whole new level of understanding within the government and the powers they have given themselves based upon such. Nowhere in the Constitution is it an enumerated obligation for any part of the federal government to create jobs.
While the President may offer suggestions to Congress on fiscal matters, is a 199-page document entitled “American Jobs Act” part of the government’s fiscal responsibility when it comes to governing the nation?
When did it become part of the government’s responsibility to play the blame game when government itself, as a whole, has overstepped its boundaries of the basics of the Constitution?
In its latest fiscal fiasco, President Obama presented a jobs bill to Congress with the over-used phrase “pass this now” or “pass this right away”, all in his personal attempt to show it is government’s responsibility to put the American people back to work. In the process, the presidential administration, currently being Democrat, has blamed the Republicans, who only have the controlling majority in the House while the Democrats have the controlling majority in the Senate, for not bringing his jobs bill up for a vote, for preventing his jobs bill from helping put Americans back to work, and for playing the political game of “politics as usual.”
A recent Washington Post poll shows that more people are dissatisfied with the Republicans in Congress than they are with President Obama. The problem with this poll is that the poll did not ask about the Democrats in Congress. Most Americans are already aware of the media bias and put such polls on the back burner of their minds in lieu of seeing what truly lies beneath and behind the scenes in the realm of the federal government.
For instance – At the beginning of September 2011, when the Senate reconvened after its break, Harry Reid also stated that the Republicans “distracted Congress from its most important responsibility” and “they’ve killed good bills by obstructionism and stall tactics” and “they’ve dragged out votes that went on for weeks and weeks.”
One month later, and after President Obama having stated, over 90 times according to some accounts, “pass this [jobs] bill right away” over a period of two weeks, and more blaming of the Republicans for holding up a vote on his proposed bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) decided to try and bring the bill up for a vote on the senate floor, just to have Senate Leader, Harry Reid (D) object to it and call it “a political stunt.”
The U.S. Federal Government has been relegated to nothing more than a political chess match where they are the players trying to out-maneuver each other on the canvas called the United States, while the people are being divided and used as the expendable pawns.
The truth is, blame lies with the fact that the federal government, as a whole and for many years, has taken upon itself to become careers politicians with a healthy raise-embedded salary and benefits package complete with retirement plans, without any real concern for the life, liberty, and general welfare of the people.
The Federal Government does not have a Constitutional Obligation to put Americans back to work – it has the Constitutional Obligation to make national laws, uphold national laws, and not infringe upon the rights of the people by spending every dime they make, tax them until every dime they make goes straight to the fed to cover a debt ceiling no bank would grant to the average American, and wasting the people’s time with out-of-control government bureaucracy. Both sides have been and are to blame, as well as both the legislative and executive branches.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish…
that the Federal Government needs to get out of the career-campaigning business, stop sticking its nose in the people’s business and start doing its job!