"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 5:40:17, Dec 4th 2013 - Kiko - I feel the pain for anybody feeling the effects of this health care law. On th ... [Read More]
- 7:55:33, Dec 3rd 2013 - quail - I visited Austin's Goat Farm about 8 years ago when I was a patient at the nea ... [Read More]
- 3:29:59, Nov 27th 2013 - Eric - Good Website ... [Read More]
- 8:44:28, Nov 19th 2013 - bwenthold - The author's insight reflects her vision of the world. I enjoyed this ar ... [Read More]
- 7:13:48, Nov 19th 2013 - - Colin's custom work is of the highest quality. He continues to produce unique prod ... [Read More]
- 2:53:19, Nov 18th 2013 - mark scheevel - paul, you have said it all! it is truly an event that we as parents w ... [Read More]
- 11:50:51, Nov 12th 2013 - Sharon Rustad - Mr. Kues: Just for the record the invitation to join the Task For ... [Read More]
- 12:04:51, Nov 10th 2013 - email@example.com - In response to Mrs. Neyhuis' response, you put an interesti ... [Read More]
- 8:39:45, Nov 6th 2013 - cbothun1234 - I will miss you forever and always lady! You have made such a positive i ... [Read More]
- 3:57:24, Nov 6th 2013 - MNFarmboy - Mr. Kues, the bill you mentioned about the district receiving $20 million ... [Read More]
Fri, Dec 9th, 2005
Posted in Commentary
Posted in Commentary
I am a great fan of Congress. It is, to my mind, the American institution that best represents our democracy and guards our freedoms.
Without it, there is no way for our nation to guarantee freedom, ensure that the passions of the moment are cooled in deliberate debate, or check the power of the President. So I am distressed to say that at the moment, I am not a fan of how Congress operates, or fails to operate. Indeed, there are now so many serious issues that have been allowed to spiral out of control and so many problems going unresolved that Congress, as an institution, is in deep trouble. In particular, I believe that: Congress has allowed the budget to get out of control. It has become far too responsive to narrow special interests. It has refused to deal effectively with the fragility of our electoral process. It is exceptionally polarized. Fairness in the legislative process has broken down. It has refused to look seriously at reshaping itself to deal with the nationís current challenges. Its members spend too much of their week campaigning, and not enough time doing the hard work of governing. And finally, it has ceded its war powers to the President. All of this has hurt Congress, to the point where people who care about it now openly debate whether it can pull out of its alarming tailspin. So what should our response be? Should we just give up on the institution? Of course not. We need to become more engaged, more involved, more insistent that Congress measure up to its constitutional responsibilities. Congress is at heart a resilient, self-correcting institution that is responsive to the clearly expressed will of the people. I know it can do better, and if prodded enough, it will. As citizens, we always have a responsibility to become involved in the work of Congress, but never more so than when we think it has gotten off track. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.