This is a continuation from last week, on the subject of failed institutions. The US Congress has the honor of being the poster child for a failed institution. Part of developing an effective world view, is developing the ability to see through the smoke and mirrors. A contingent of the Congress preaches fiscal responsibility. This mantra is a constant refrain – say it repeatedly and they will believe it!  There common sense understandings of the way the world works today. The flat earth society has to catch up to current realities.

  • Increasing revenue is an unlimited opportunity, decreasing cost have a limit
  • Jobs create revenue, uncertainty and budget cuts stifle revenue growth
  • Defaulting on paying bills results in lower credit ratings, and thus higher interest on debt
  • In a complex society government is essential, primarily because livestock bartering is no longer an option.
  • The Reinhart and Rogoff study promoting austerity is flawed research, not a scientific fact.
  • The majority vote in the US senate is 51%, not 60!
  • The Haster rule is a myth, as reported by Denny Haster himself.
  • Through parliamentary manipulation of the rules, the country is under the control of the minority.  This is not the definition of a democracy. The following US Constitution requires a super majority for the following – (Answer.com list the following)
    • Convicting an Impeachment (2/3 majority in the Senate – Article 1, Section 3)
    • Expulsion of a member of one house of Congress (2/3 vote of the house in question – Article 1, Section 5)
    • Override a Presidential Veto (2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate – Article 1, Section 7)
    • Ratify a treaty (2/3 majority in the Senate – Article 2, Section 2)
    • Passing of a Constitutional Amendment by Congress (2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate – Article 5)
    • Calling for a Constitutional Convention (2/3 of the state legislatures – Article 5)
    • Ratifying a Constitutional Amendment (3/4 of the states – Article 5)
    • Restore the ability of certain rebels to serve in the government (2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate – 14th Amendment)
    • Approval of removal of the President from his position after the Vice President and the Cabinet approve such removal and after the President contests the removal (2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate 25th Amendment)

Through all of the sound bites and personal agendas, look beyond the sound and the fury, you be assured, that all the noise is to distract you from what is really going on!