Butter Brings the Bagels
The Heat is On and Butter is Melting
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Sunday, July 30, 2017. Our sweet friend, Butter, is at the breakfast table this morning. She has freshly baked bagels for us, and every kind of spread imaginable. I will be serving Irish coffees with the bagels. Please join us. Butter and I have had it with Congress. We need to tell them that their poor performance will no longer be tolerated. We hope to see you soon. I'll leave the door open.
Thank you so much for joining me and Pop. I have come to the conclusion that Congress is an obsolete arm of government. In theory, those we elect are supposed to represent our interests in Washington. That is not happening now, and hasn't been in evidence for far too long. Executive action is the only way anything gets done, and in the case of Obama it was an utter disaster. The disaster now lies with Congress. The Democrats are fully invested in destroying any attempt to make our lives better. Each and every one of them will retire with a tainted legacy of repulsive resistance. I can't imagine how they can face their constituents back home, although many of their supporters don't seem to have a clue about what is going on. If they did and if they cared, they would call for a special election to re-call Congress.
The Republicans are no better. They have had quite a few years to come up with a replacement for the failing Obamacare horror. I don't know what they were doing during the Obama years, but they have nothing worthwhile to show us. I don't believe the"skinny " repeal was an answer to anything, but at least it was a sign that our representatives were willing to keep working. Thanks to Sens. McCain, Collins and Murkowski, the repeal never happened. Shame on them. Americans are, for the moment, stuck with Obamacare, and Congress could care less. Democrats are sending out emails applauding the mess, because it means that Obamacare has survived. They are unconcerned about the thousands upon thousands of people who no longer have coverage or options for health care. Our elected officials are a special breed. They never subject themselves to anything Americans have to deal with. That must change, and it better be soon.
Non Representation is Tyranny
The American people are flying without a net. Washington has gone mad, and it's gone ugly. It is unbelievable that no one there has a coherent thought about how to fix this disaster.
I have a thought. How about letting the free market sort things out? Washington can't string two sentences together that make any sense. Given the freedom, the insurance companies could come up with plans that appeal to the American people. Americans should be free to cross state lines to get the best coverage. The less government is involved, the better. Competition is the answer. Unlock the handcuffs and let the free market function the way it was meant to. Congress is the problem, so it's time to cut them out of the picture. While we are draining the swamp, how about enforcing term limits? If we had those limits, Sen. McCain and others would be long gone, and the American people might have a chance of getting things done.
Grinding to a Halt
Getting government out of lives is a great idea. Let's leave all the investigations to law enforcement people we trust. Congress calls people in, interrogates them strictly across party lines, accepts witnesses' refusal to testify and moves on. Watching these proceedings is actually painful. Nothing worthwhile ever comes out of the hearings. By worthwhile. I mean consequences. Clearly, it is possible to lie like a thief and walk away free and clear. Why waste all this time and money? As a taxpayer, I do not want my money going to Congress so they can play "government". I would prefer to buy them a one way ticket home. We could turn the halls of Congress into a small business arena, where innovative ideas could be born and put into action. I would suggest fumigating the "joint" first.
This land is my land
This land is your land
Too much government
Just gets in the way
Drain the swamp
And call it a day!
breakfastpop (author) on August 02, 2017:
It is wonderful to see you at the table. I read this morning that some Republicans are pulling away from Pres. Trump. They are proud to tell the nation that they don't work for him! I am appalled at what is happening in Congress. It is almost like a coup in slow motion. Imagine taking vacation in the private sector when something really important was taking place. It wouldn't happen. There is an answer to healthcare, but it isn't a single payer system. See you at the Inn. Your Irish coffee will be waiting.
Francine19 on August 02, 2017:
Congress, our legislative body, has much in common with meteorologists, except for the fact that sometimes the weathermen get it right. It's frightening that this body that has one of the most important jobs in this country, and yet they are free to walk away if they don't get the task at hand done. How can their vacations be more important than working on this healthcare debacle and fixing it even if bit by bit. Congress is supposed to be working for the people, and that's just not happening. Term limits must be instituted or not one thing will change. I so agree that it's time to see Pelosi and McCain retire. We need new ideas or God help us. Save a seat for me....I could really use an Irish Coffee!!
breakfastpop (author) on August 01, 2017:
Good Morning VNorth,
Giving the power to the states when it comes to healthcare is also a good idea that should be explored. Lindsay Graham proposed that very thing, and according to him the governors were onboard. One way or the other this must be solve, but it better not be with more government regulation! Thanks for joining me at the breakfast table.
Virginia North Skok from Beaufort S.C. on July 31, 2017:
Pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and the ever present temptation of money, gifts etc. offered by the soul buying lobbyist are to often bought by the weak and greedy.
It is quite easy to see persons in both house and senate that are there for two reasons, power and money.
It makes me angry that I have paid in my life time, taxes to support persons of that useless nature.
A Health Care Plan for America is so easy. You do not have to pay a person from Yale to think of ways to harm Americans and make them slaves to the cesspool called government. Give the power to the states. It is not the governments concern except for the veterans.
breakfastpop (author) on July 31, 2017:
Good Morning maven,
I thought I would fall down when I heard Pelosi call herself a master legislator! She represents all that is wrong in Washington today. I'll meet you at the Inn, and I will save a seat for Pino next to you.
Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on July 30, 2017:
Congress has failed Americans...It is now a fraternity...a privileged aristocracy that feeds on itself...A significant percentage that bow to the lobbyist siren call to money...Each selling its patriotic soul to the highest bidder...
Senator McCain provided us with a classic example of animus for the President over what is good for Americans... Ego, always ego...Take your ego and stick it up your porcine a$$ McCain
...Remember the Keating Five...Google it and see the corruption of this piece of craxx....
See you at the everlasting Inn, Pop...as usual, save a seat next to Pino....
breakfastpop (author) on July 30, 2017:
Good Morning billy,
Who will we elect, that is the question? We need fresh new faces. See you at the Inn.
breakfastpop (author) on July 30, 2017:
Good Morning Pino,
The thought about selling insurance across state lines is one that says it will promote competition which will drive costs down. The states would then have an incentive to get rid of unnecessary regulation which drives costs up. Insurance should be tailored to the demands of consumers not government. Right now plans provide benefits that increase costs ano provide anything worthwhile to many, many people. The federal government under Obamacare has taken over much of the regulation, and when it comes to the government the results can never be good. Crossing state lines or not, we need to leave the nitty gritty to the experts. Senators don't know a thing about insurance. l like your idea about Trump getting the CEO's of the insurance industry into his office to come up with a plan. Congress can't do it!
No worries,Pino, we have lots of lox! See you at the Inn later. It's pizza and wine night.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 30, 2017:
I hope a lot of them have jobs in the private sector all lined up, because in 2018 there is going to be quite a turnover in Congress....and I can hardly wait for it to happen.
Have a great Sunday!
Pino Krisio on July 30, 2017:
POP and Butter:
Congress IS worthless! I just read an article today about Indiana. There are people lining up to replace the incumbent GOP congressmen just by saying that they are Trump Supporters. America, who voted him in will like that. I believe that there will be a lot of change in Congress in 2018, but I also think the GOP will keep their advantage.
Last week, after reading your blog, I sent three letters off to my three Congressmen: Rooney, Nelson and Rubio. I heard back from two of the three: Rubio did not reply to me. His feelings were probably hurt!
Regarding this ACA fiasco, I agree with you. Why are we fixing ACA? Why are we not gettinng the CEO's of the largest healthcare companies in the Oval Office to discuss how do to this once and for all. the only thing I don't agree with you on is purchasing Health Care across state lines. If Alabama, for instance, has much lower premiums than your state, everyone will want to purchase their insurance coverage in Alabama; however, Alabama's premiums will skyrocket because they will have a lot of people purchasing from them with not enough money to pay out the claims in your state which dictates a higher medical payment to the doctors. (now that is a run-on sentence if I ever saw one!) Congress should have been forced to stay in Washington and not take their one month vacation, to get this healthcare bill taken care of. I bet they would do it in a week if they knew they had to cancel those vacation plans with their families.
Now, Congress is turning to tax relief. that will be another fiasco.
I am now off to the Inn; I love bagels; hopefully you have lox to go with them.......
breakfastpop (author) on July 30, 2017:
Good Morning Kevin,
I look forward to reading your work and getting your take on what's happening in our nation. Welcome to HP!
Kevin Albert from Hamilton on July 30, 2017:
And I will explain to you exactly why and how we have been betrayed as well as who really runs the show. I have been an activist for the past 8 years and I know more than most people about what's going on in our very corrupt world today. I just signed up to this sight a couple of days ago but keep an eye out for my up and coming article that I am working on right now, it has everything to do with the truth, "the real truth"