Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bipartisan 'Whine Crusade' by Congressmen

In an interview during a recess swing through the 12th Congressional District, John Barrow the chairman of the House Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats said the No. 1 complaint he hears from constituents is about Washington’s gridlocked partisan atmosphere. Barrow and Paul Broun interviews with The Augusta Chronicle looks more as a "bipartisan whining crusade" than coming from leaders of the nation looking for solutions to the many problems facing the country.

“It’s not that people don’t want to work together – it’s just they can’t work together with somebody who doesn’t even talk the same language,” Barrow said. “If the person on the other side of the aisle doesn’t even agree with you on what the problem is, it’s kind of hard to agree on what the solution ought to be.”

With districts gerrymandered to represent heavily Republican or heavily Democratic majorities, Congress has become a body in which “you’ve got 90 percent of the districts that are more partisan than the country as a whole, and the members of the districts are more partisan than their districts – the worst of all possible worlds,” Barrow said. “People look at Congress and they just see two warring tribes.”

While Congress is on Easter recess, the 10th Congressional District Paul Broun drove from his Oconee County home Tuesday to visit constituents in the lower part of the district, and he said he hopes election to the Senate will give him a bigger platform to fight for fiscal responsibility.

“We need to take some good, Georgia common sense to Washington, balance our budget and stop the out-of-control spending that both parties have been doing,” Broun said.

Several times, Broun blamed both parties for budget deficits, but most of his criticism – primarily on fiscal issues, but also on such hot-button topics as health care and immigration – was aimed across the aisle.

One of the biggest consequences facing the nation, 10 years after the invasion of Iraq, is not the fact that some mission was accomplished by Americans soldiers, but the veterans left behind on their own, 600,000 of them still waiting for health benefits, committing record suicides, with their houses in foreclosure, and fighting at home to find jobs. All these in spite of millions of tax money dollars managed by the Industrial Military Complex, the Veterans Administration and non-profits organizations collecting millions of dollars to assist the wounded soldiers.

Veterans Forum

U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. announced that he will host a Veterans Forum at Georgia Military College on Thursday, April 4th.  The event is free and open to all veterans in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.

“As a United States Marine and member of the Navy Reserves, I hold the sacrifice of our nation’s patriots in the highest regard,” said Broun. “Connecting our veterans to the resources they need is just one way to demonstrate our heartfelt appreciation for their service to our country, and to ensure that the promises made in return for their valor are indeed kept.”

At this point nobody is taking responsibility for the gridlocked bipartisan atmosphere in Washington, D.C., nobody is taking responsibility at state level, either. In Augusta, when the Mayor, the Commission and the Administrator are confronted by some taxpayers for the lack of progress, in public transportation for example, or they blame the Augusta Charter, the consolidation or the Augusta Legislature Delegation for any inaction to solve problems.

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