Congressman Dean Phillips (D-MN) isn’t too jazz about how Congress is handling the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Congressman Phillips’ tweet reads as follows:
“A system that elevates dividers and ignores uniters. A system
that promotes those who raise the most money for their party
and sidelines those who raise the best ideas for their country. A
system that over appreciates tenure and under appreciates
talent. The archaic physical, social, and organizational design of
Congress, combined with two parties far more focused on winning
elections than winning policies, makes a mockery of our founders’
greatest contributions and has all but extinguished Americans’
faith in our government. Restoring that faith is what inspired
many of us in the freshman class, both Ds and Rs, to run for
Congress. But when we arrived in Washington in 2019, there was
no effort to unify us - rather we were immediately and
intentionally subjected to systematic separation. No sharing of
life stories to promote respect and empathy. No ropes course to
stablish trust. No mechanism to identify common ground and
shared objectives. No strategic planning. For doing so would
undermine the structure that empowers the few at the expense
of the many.”
And hey, I understand the Distinguish Gentleman from Minnesota’s point that there is a cool kids’ club in Congress that isn’t working for anybody but the cool kids. The cool kids being Mitch McConnell (R-KY, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Steny Hoyer (D-NY).
Nothing goes down without their say so. They decide everything from the committees congressional members will be on to the bills that’ll make it to the floor to be voted on. The cool kids run the show. It’s their party and you better not cry when you want to.
Upsetting the cool kids will lead to a congress member being banish to common folks land. And nobody wants to go back to slinging those drinks at the bar, waiting on tables at Red Lobster, or talking to Betsie the cow for 18 hours. That’s not fun. No sir! Therefore, they give us, the American people, their buckets of water to carry so they can walk the line, load free.
Evidence of this are the $600 unemployment checks that ran out, the moratorium on rent that’s ended, the over 15 million Americans who’re unemployed, and the thousands of businesses that have closed. Oh yes, let’s not forget about the second round of stimulus checks that look like they’re coming never.
Now, let Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tell it, the Democrats being serial sabotagers of “backroom talks” is why the American people are bottoms up face down in a desert; while Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it’s the Republicans’ lazy bones that’s preventing them from getting off the couch and “putting in the work” needed to help “Make America Work Again.”
But…we the American people know what’s really going on. And what’s really going on is that the cool kids are just using the American people as political currency to cash in so they can keep their party of being a “Do Nothing Congress” going.