Congress Must Be Held Accountable

Where is it that elected representatives feel that they can take their leave without finishing urgent business, causing financial loss and unemployment, two major issues facing their “people.”

Only in America.

It is most disturbing that members of the House and Senate take their four week leave prior to dealing with the expired FAA taxation.

This serious lapse by Congress is estimated to cost the government approximately one billion dollars in revenue.

Isn’t there a financial crisis still facing the United States?

Does Congress feel that dealing with the loss of a billion can wait?

Or, is that number too small to worry about?

The time is past due when all individuals elected to represent the people perform their jobs as professionals, not as politicians.

They (members of Congress) need to balance the budget. They need to totally eliminate earmarks as a “way of life.” They need to trim their own office expenses. They need to quit spending more than is collected by the myriad sources of income they collect. They need to be held 100% accountable.

In short they need to put our house in order.

Main Street USA should not have to continue paying for the excesses and irresponsibility exhibited year after year on Capitol Hill.

America does not need more politicians. America needs leaders. America needs people who take full responsibility for their actions.

Over For now.

Main Street One

Who Regulates Government?

The Federal Government is attempting to gain more control of the financial market with the recently-passed Senate legislation regarding Wall Street.

According to President Obama, “Our goal is not to punish the banks, but to protect the larger economy and the American people from the kind of upheavals we’ve seen.”

This may be a moderately true statement.

However, government regulation and intervention does a couple of things to the free market. First, it does limit free market practices and, potentially, expansion. Next, it increases the size and scope of government.

There is a definite need to derail criminal activities in the private sector. The same is true for the public sector. And who watches over these people?

In just the past several months Main Street USA has seen the Social Security Administration throw a lavish, by any standard, management getaway, only to be topped by the Federal Aviation Administration’s 5 million dollar bash. Taxpayers have also heard about Department of Veteran’s Affairs employees obtaining, if not illegal, unethical loans and other monetary benefits for themselves and family members as well seen evidence that state pension funds face a trillion dollar deficit. More recently, it was exposed to the public that many high-paid Securities and Exchange Commission executives spent their 8-hour day doing anything other than their assigned tasks.

In these days of relatively low-cost video conferencing (especially when compared to what the SSA and FAA spent), coupled with the economic reality of the times, how can the White House, Capitol Hill, state governments, etc., allow such unethical and immoral behavior (i.e., corruption) in their own sphere?

Thus, the question to ask is, as government continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, who will be the watch-dog over the supposed overseers, as well as our own elected officals?

True, the election process does allow citizens to boot those they feel have violated the public trust (though having to wait two to four years may not be appropriate justice), but what disciplinary action do non-elected officials face?

Before throwing stones at the private sector, the public sector needs to ensure that each and every nook and cranny in their own house is in order. America is not a “do as I say not as I do” mentality.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

FAA Five Million Dollar Bash

Seems the Federal Aviation Administration can throw a manager meeting that dwarfs the commotion created by the Social Security Administration earlier this year (that one was reportedly only $700,000).

In this age of video conferencing it is unimaginable that the FAA needed this gathering of 3600 people to explain a contract with a union that has already been in place for more than two months.

Main Street USA gets tapped once again for government excess.

However, this type of activity makes one wonder if these meetings are in already-approved budgets. And, if so, one can only imagine the meeting budgets contained in our pork-ridden, earmarked healthcare reform bill with the House and Senate. Food for thought.

Over For Now.

Main Street One