Memo to Congress: Get to Work!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

 

On Monday Congress will return from its Spring Break.

As April comes to a close they will have worked a total of eight days during the month and yet they received their full pay. Nice work if you can get it.

Before they left their list of accomplishments for this opening session of the 115th Congress could be written on a postcard.

Oh, they passed some regulatory reform and some other things that hopefully will begin the process of unshackling business so that it can create new jobs for the American people and new wealth for the nation as a whole, but on the big issues they have so far failed to fulfill their promises.

President Trump on the other hand is doing everything he can through executive orders to roll back the onerous edicts of the Obama Administration. But he can’t do all this by himself.

He is now at the point where Republicans in Congress need to step up and pass a healthcare plan to replace the disastrous Obamacare and a tax reform plan that will trigger an economic boom the likes of which we haven’t seen since the days of Ronald Reagan.

American business and workers anxiously await action on these two critical issues.

While they are currently optimistic about what is to come, further dawdling and arguing by Congressional Republicans could quickly turn that optimism to anger.

And anger means voters will take it out on Republicans in next year’s midterms.

When the voters delivered the House to Republicans in 2010 the excuse for not getting things done was that Harry Reid would block all their initiatives in the Senate.

So in 2014 the voters gave Republicans the Senate and still nothing.

The excuse then was that President Obama would veto anything they sent to his desk and that to enact a conservative agenda they would need the White House.

And not only did the voters deliver once again they sent Donald Trump, a man of action who gets things done, to the Oval Office.

The time for excuses is over.

The recent healthcare debacle was avoidable.

The day after Trump was elected House and Senate Republicans should have gathered together all the factions in their caucus and hammered out a plan to pass healthcare and tax reform in the first 100 days.

Can you imagine where the economy would be if they had delivered on both of those promises by now?

If they would have done these two things they would have all but assured that the wind would already be at their back in the 2018 elections.

They will soon take another week off in May for Memorial Day and another week or so in July for the 4th of July and before you know it will be time for the August recess and Labor Day in September followed by more time off for Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December.

And a whole year will have been wasted.

If Republicans want to win next year, get off your collective duffs, cancel all leave and pass the agenda you promised.

And if Democrats object, roll over them like they did to you with Obamacare.

Stop pussyfooting around worrying about what the press will think and get to work!

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.

“There’s no time to rest when there’s work to be done. Eat on the run, forget about sleep, and change horses often”.

A few years ago when I had the privilege of being included at a fall cattle gathering in Idaho, I remember watching my host and one of her daughters making sandwiches and wrapping them in tin foil before we all mounted up to go to work.

It was wet and cold but the cows had to be gathered up and there were no two ways about it.

Around lunchtime as I rode by a pick-up I was handed one of the sandwiches I watched being made that morning and I ate my lunch from the saddle never stopping the work I was assigned.

Congress needs to start eating from the saddle forgetting about sleep and getting to work.

No more breaks until the work is done.

And when the work is done, they will sleep a lot better knowing the voters will reward them handsomely in 2018 for making America great again.