The Republicans took over Congress a few years ago, on a platform of “big government is no good” and replaced it with no government — at least, the least productive Congress in history.
Where is the legislation on immigration reform they clamor about? Where is tax reform? Why, oh why, did they fight against gay rights or even not uphold given rights to women, such as equal pay?
On the state level in Florida, the Republicans control both legislative houses, but have taken money from education (along with the governor), except in election years; they have privatized many of our jails only to find it a disaster; and the charter schools they seem enamored with merely take money from public schools and give them to charter schools, which are exempt from the same testing as public schools, so no comparison can be had as to success or not. Add to this their embarrassing failure to complete a voter-referendum-required redistricting, without partisan bias. Worse, a half million or more was spent because they recessed before completion, and their attempt at non-partisan redistricting failed to meet court standards. Mind you, this is a Republican-dominated circus, with a Republican House unable to work with a Republican Senate. My goodness! Imagine if there were enough Democrats to make this a real partisan venture.
Heck, we elected a governor who was the CEO of one of the largest healthcare conglomerates in the country, which was fined $2.3 billion (the highest fine in American history) and who pled the Fifth Amendment more times than my immediate family has phalanges (upper and lower). Did I mention that there are more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans, so the inequitable distribution of the voting districts seems a bit compromised, you think?
It’s easy to sit back at my computer and complain. So, here is an offer. It might even be a good idea:
Both the federal government and the state (or just one of these entities) should initiate a gas tax, now that gasoline is so much cheaper. Those monies could/would/should go to public works projects, such as road/bridge repairs, mass transit, etc… as our infrastructure needs to be addressed. These monies would immediately come back as they are spent by the workers/companies, and the hiring of hundreds of thousands would certainly help those unemployed with a good wage whilst also helping our economy. A no brainer, right?
Yes, we have met the enemy, but it is not the Russian/Chinese expansions, nor the terrorists, not Communism or Fascism, but rather it is us. Our complacency and our greed and our being able to be fooled, most of the time.
George Unger, Wellington