Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What Are We Doing?

We have seen the greatest country on the planet bogged down. We have seen the government of this great nation devote countless hours to things of zero consequence. We have seen long winded speeches that will have no effect on a single activity of government. Heated debate that slammed those on both sides with words of passion has been reported by every media outlet.

What am I talking about? The non-binding Iraq surge resolution has generated this kind of energy. Once again our nation’s leaders have used their full energy to accomplish nothing. How many thousands of man hours have been used up to bring you this nothing. Pages and various staff used precious hours paid for by you and me.

I got a problem with paying for nothing. How many hundreds of thousands did this nothing cost us? I want our representatives to go forth and accomplish something. I want results. It wasn’t like this nation doesn’t have real business for America that needs doing.

How many of you can go to work and spend days and countless dollars and have nothing to show for it. I know some of you may work in research and development and many days go by without a break through. So let me rephrase the question slightly. How often do you start a project knowing that nothing is the ultimate result and you are willing to spend untold fortunes to accomplish what you had when you started? Nothing!

I don’t care if you’re for or against the troop surge, you should be outraged at the gross waste of your resources. Every one of us should write our representatives and express our outrage at their abuse.

Or do nothing, Congress does.

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Anonymous Michael K. Brown said...

Very well said. I'll bet you that most people don't even realize that the resolution was non binding, and many more couldn't explain what non binding even means. But, I'll bet they could tell you who was on American Idol the other night. People have been lulled to sleep in this country, and the politicos are enjoying every minute of their apathy.

5:19 PM, March 07, 2007  
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