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Monday, July 9, 2007

An Epiphany

An Epiphany

From a Wise One at The Victory Caucus

Many Americans have had an epiphany. Congress doesn’t care about them or their concerns. Congress is acting in the best interests of their constituents - and it ain’t us.

In 2005 I had my own epiphany. Congress was attempting to pass a major reform to the bankruptcy laws. They had been trying since 97 with no luck, but it looked like it was going to finally happen. Bankruptcy judges and trustees, those that had to deal with the law every day and for the most part objectively, were almost unanimous in their opposition to the changes. They would be costly, result in no substantial change in outcomes, but limit access to those most in need. Those that taught bankruptcy in law schools thought it was a bad idea. And of course, bankruptcy attorneys thought it was a bad idea. But, “personal responsibility” and “fraud” and “cost to people that were responsible - “bankruptcy costs everyone $400 a year in increased interest costs” - drove the debate. What did ordinary American’s think? That those opposed to the reform had a vested interest in the status quo. Many had “heard of” or “knew” people that gamed the system. This was a bad reform and it has hurt people….but Congress was acting to protect it’s constituents - and it was not those that were in dire financial condition. You may have heard about the 2 million people that rushed to file bankruptcy before the law changed - what you may not have heard was that the large credit issuers, almost without exception, reported NO change in profits during that time…so much for harm….oh, and, has your credit card rates declined over the last 2 years?

My epiphany was that those crazies that oppose congressional bills were NOT just a lunatic fringe not looking at the big picture. Two years ago, I was one of those crazies on the lunatic fringe. How many other bills had I ignored over the years because they really didn’t affect me and a bunch of crazies were predicting doom? How often was Congress passing legislation that was harmful to US, but beneficial to their constituents but I was too [insert appropriate term: lazy, disinterested, stupid, careless, ignorant].

Congress is not used to being called into account and they DON’T LIKE IT. They want us to TRUST THEM…they is from the government and just want to help…

Anti-incumbent movements, term-limiters and third party ranters are looking upon the average Republican or Democrat and saying: see, told ya.

Congress is doing what they were elected to do, represent their constituents….and it is NOT the American people.

Tracy Coyle
former Republican now independent
My blog: Moderate Mainstream

  1. CONgress has become the New American Aristocracy.
    Unwilling to listen or even to acknowledge the existnce of the Great Unwashed Populace.

    In their little piggy eyes our only job is to support the NAA by voting to keep them in power and to continue to funnel our income transfer (taxes) to them so they, the,NAA, can continue to “Do Good” everywhere else in the world except at home.
    You may read that as “It’s not Foreign Aid ! It’s MY taxes!”

    Marie Antoinette found out how the Aristocracy can be held accountable.

    Comment by garfish | June 29, 2007 | Edit

  2. AMEN!!

    Comment by snooper | June 30, 2007 | Edit

  3. Non political types, and that would include me, have discovered the ugliness that dwells in our government. The deeper we delve into the inner workings of CONgress, the uglier it gets.

    Recent events would boldly tell me this is well past a wake up call, but will the silent majority finally act?

    Yeah we defeated the amnesty bill but we haven’t won a thing for conservative values.

    I am a former apathetic citizen who was raised a Democrat, switched to Republican and now wonders what the hell is next?

    Comment by dsolo | June 30, 2007 | Edit

  4. I too was a Democrat until Carter screwed the country. I became a Republican soon thereafter and went Independent. I have voted GOP ever since Carter because I couldn’t vote for a socialist. Now, I find that I can’t vote for a Compassionate Conservative again.

    What’s next?


    Comment by snooper | June 30, 2007 | Edit

  5. Next time we ask the tough questions AND it has be right not maybe, not in between, nor for some things but not others.
    Snoop what is a comapassionate conservative?
    I know it’s NOT Reagan conservatism .
    And the dems need therapy you know like reid, pelosi, kennedy not to mention some republicans that I know.
    Yes that one works for me ( 1861).

    Comment by cassygop | June 30, 2007 | Edit

  6. Anyone tell me WHY Bush is “talking” with the “muslims”?

    Comment by cassygop | June 30, 2007 | Edit

  7. I just got back from vacation and am delighted to see these comments. It seems all of us are finally coming closer together than apart. Especially with the comments about Congress being our new aristocracy and how some have voted for both parties at different times only to be shafted by all of them.
    I think the only answer will be a viable 3rd party coming along. I can even see one that has both people from the left (not liberal) and those from the right (conservative, not neo con), coming together with a common purpose to help all of us.
    Perhaps this is wistful thinking? But I don’t think so.

    Comment by raoul | July 1, 2007 | Edit