Running against Washington

capitolJoin with us to defeat the Washington machine & unleash the American dream.–Sen. Rand Paul

Most Americans’ foreign policy judgments are sound and realistic; it’s Washington that tends toward extremism in one direction or another.–Rep. Justin Amash 5-19-15

We stand opposed to the Common Core agenda, and we wanted to stand with parents. To say if a parent decides, that their child is not going to take these Common Core test, there should be no ramifications to that child, there should be no ramifications to those parents, and there should be no ramifications to the school district or the teacher. So that is what the legislation will do, and I’m going to stand on the side of parents. As oppose to some big government, one size fits all agenda that is coming from Washington or Albany.–Rep Tom Reed.

We need to be fighting Washington, D.C. We need to be standing up for our rights and there is not a more important constitutional right to guarantee freedom than our 2nd Amendment.–Rep Tom Reed.

One of the most fundamental duties of the House of Representatives is to appropriate funding for the government. To ensure this process is finally done according to the priorities of the American people and to avoid another Washington-made cliff, the House will be starting the appropriations process next week, … For years, Washington has abdicated its duty to responsibly appropriate funding. With House Republican leadership and a new Republican Senate, Congress can finally work on this process the way it was meant to be done.–Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

It seems strange that so many of our elected representatives, collectively responsible for our Federal Government, think it proper to run against Washington. It is their job to make Washington “run right,” to earn their pay from the Treasury, and to responsibly represent their constituents. While the Federal Government is not a business, it seems reasonable that elected officials, like company employees, would not bad mouth their employer or blame their misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance on others.

© William Hungerford – April 2015

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8 Responses to Running against Washington

  1. josephurban says:

    Amen. Maybe if these guys LEFT Washington, DC we could actually get something done. Reminds me of the joke about the Menendez Brothers who murdered their parents. They plead guilty. Then threw themselves on the mercy of the court because they were orphans.

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  2. whungerford says:

    Our Constitution provides that House and Senate make their own rules. Current legislators are responsible; if the rules don’t “run right” they can change them. The Senate (113th Congress) changed its rules when Republicans misused them to block confirmation of qualified appointed officials. The House (114th Congress) changed its rules to embarrass the Administration by closing off an avenue for funding SS disability, an issue that the House has yet to address.


  3. Robert Kriegar says:

    All I can say is “wow”.
    These people talk about fighting Washington, when they ARE Washington. In all actuality, what they really mean is that they are fighting the VOTERS, for the benefit of their largest campaign contributors.


  4. Deb meeker says:

    Hmmm, “defeat and unleash” – unleash whose idea of the American dream?
    “Extremism” ( we in Ny 23rd have heard that one a lot).
    Tom Reed wants “action with no ramifications”, so close to his representative style, except in his case it’s wrong actions with no improvement.
    And I have to say, it’s interesting to read that Tom Reed believes the 2nd Amendment is MOST important to guaranteeing American freedom. Must be Reed thinks it better to have a gun or twelve, than have freedom of speech or vote?


  5. whungerford says:

    Unleash is a reference to voodoo economics, the idea that the economy, once freed of the burden of the unfortunate (food stamps, health insurance, disability benefits), will rebound with a wave of prosperity making us all healthy, wealthy, and wise.

    Tom has any number of top priorities so why not many most important freedoms?


  6. josephurban says:

    Running “against “Washington demonstrates the fundamental difference between the liberal and conservatives. When there are problems with the political system the conservatives knee jerk response is to destroy the system. The liberals knee jerk response is to make the system better.


  7. whungerford says:

    Today’s Republicans, having heard Reagan’s quip about the rising tide, imagine he was saying something meaningful about economics rather than something mundane about boats.


  8. Deb Meeker says:

    Surely Republicans must be concerned that their yachts keep rising, just not worried others are drowning in their wakes.


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