On the EDge: Drama Queens reconvene in D.C.

Chris Stewart Joe Biden Barack Obama John Boehner
Chris Stewart, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, John Boehner | Image by Sarafina Amodt, St. George News

OPINION – The holidays are behind us and it’s time to get on with the New Year.

There’s much to do, particularly in Washington, D.C., where our supposed leaders are convening in earnest, or at least as close as they get to earnest.

They’ve got a full plate.

There’s the economy because, well, it’s always about the economy. Will they be able to find some solutions to the ongoing fiscal crisis in this country? Meanwhile, the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow.

They are always talking about immigration reform in Washington, D.C., but never quite get around to a reasonable solution.

There’s the issue of implementing the new health care policy, which is being resisted by a number of states, including Utah, that are not too pleased with the new federal standard that ensures that all of us have access to the kind of medical services we all deserve. That includes the nonsense about killing, or severely maiming, Social Security, which I seriously doubt will ever disappear.

There is also the weighty issue of what to do in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. The divide here is probably the greatest that Congress will face. The odd thing is that even most supporters of the Second Amendment are in favor of ratcheting up the laws governing assault weapons and the high-capacity magazines that feed them. The finger pointing has been ridiculous and many of the suggestions absurd as the gun lobby flexes its high-caliber muscle.

How ridiculous?

Chris Stewart, who has yet to step onto the House floor as the representative from Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, recently mentioned during an interview that he would be in favor of some limited gun controls if a new bill also included additional outreach and treatment for the mentally ill. Loyal Southern Utah Republicans are already lining up to toss him out of office before he casts his first vote. Stewart, by the way, is trying to save face by saying that his comments were taken out of context. I seriously doubt that. I have been in the business long enough to know that people are rarely misquoted and that claims of being “taken out of context” usually mean, “oops … I shouldn’t have said that.”

In recent years, we have seen Congress fiddle-faddle for months on important issues, waiting until the absolute last second before grudgingly coming to a temporary resolution. It’s why we have so many crises in government.

These drama queens are long on theater, short on purpose other than the self-serving kind of posturing to look good for the cameras.

I think we’re all tired of this brinksmanship politicking.

We’ve seen it with the health care bill, the unemployment extensions, the debt ceiling crisis, and, most recently, the fiscal cliff debacle, and we’ve had enough.

We suffer a crisis in leadership at this point from both sides.

This is one time when the president gets a pass because he has tried, on numerous occasions, for bipartisan cooperation.

However, the first person I point the finger at is Vice President Joe Biden. Typically, it is the vice president who works with Congress. As president of the Senate, the vice president casts the deciding vote in the case of a tie. But, in the practical world, the job of the vice president is sort of along the lines of being the president’s ambassador to the Congress, meeting with the various committees and representatives to barter solutions to sticky legislation.

Although I hear Biden is an interesting guy and somebody most people would like to sit and have a beer with, he has been ineffective in his role as the president’s Congressional go-between.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should both be fired. Neither has been effective at anything but obstructionism.

The House is an even bigger mess and has been since the inauguration of Obama.

First, he has seen members of his own party abandon him, especially around the time of the midterm elections when even moderate Democrats were running hard to the right to hold on to their jobs.

Then there is Speaker of the House John Boehner, who even Republicans seem to be tiring of for his foolhardy stubbornness to put his own agenda ahead of what is best for the country. He, too, should be shown the door.

In fact, you could kick most of this lot to the curb and I’d be fine with that.

No bad days!


Ed Kociela is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.

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  • Rex Dixie January 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Mayor McCarthur acted like a drama queen at Dixie State College a few weeks ago with his huffing & puffing about “outsiders” coming here and trying to change things. Does Drama Queen McCarthur think people move here only to ride the carousel while singing Dixie? How long does a person have to live here or how much tax money must he/she dole out to have a say in the direction of this city or are must they forever pay homage to (Drama) Queen Mac? BTW, if Mayor Mac is going to fully play the Drama Queen, he should start fretting his ever expanding waist line. It’s huge!

  • william January 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    You said” This is one time when the president gets a pass because he has tried, on numerous occasions, for bipartisan cooperation” BULL PUKY He’s the BIGGEST drama QUEEN of the lot. OH I HAVE TO BE IN WASHINGTON TO GET THIS DONE. Then he flies to Hawaii and have to have the bill flown to him to sign. It was so bad that they rushed it through couldn’t he have waited a day and signed it in Washington. Did the Bill go FIRST CLASS and get a window seat.

  • Jason January 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Rex you moved here I’m sure with a good idea what you were moving into. If every city was the same where would be the fun in that. Enjoy what it is or move on and pay taxes somewhere else.

    As far as Obama goes he is the biggest disgrace our country has next to our congress.

    • Dixie Rex January 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Jason, based on your “if you don’t like it you can leave” overtone, I sense you must have been born and raised here. More of us “outsiders” are moving in, and things will change. If you don’t like it, well, there are many roads that lead to other places that you can take. Go study an atlas to find the ideal place with deep sand to bury your head in and continue being oblivious to change.

      BTW, Bush II was the biggest disgrace to this country. Mired in two wars, worst recession since the great depression and all he did was take vacations to his ranch in Texas.

  • Jason January 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I just moved here not long ago. I moved here because of what St. George offers not because I wanted to change it. Either become part of the town or move somewhere that caters to your rhetoric.

    If you think what we got with George is bad wait until you see the ruins Obama leaves us with. In the end all these politicians are the same. They only divide them into two categories so that we as a people think we are being represented and that we have a vote.

    In the end the only way out is less government control and less government regulation. However we as a people keep giving them more power and more of our money because we want to the government to give us everything. This will actually cause us to lose everything.

    That being said Bush was more of a leader than Obama could dream of being. How can anyone be more of a farse than this man has shown to be.

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