So, we have another Fiscal Year ending and another looming Federal Government shutdown because Congress can’t get together and agree on what needs to be paid for (except their salaries). We have a “Two Party System” that used to work pretty well, because both parties actually wanted what was best for the Country. Now, it seems that the parties only want was is best for themselves.
Let’s look specifically at gun control.
Both parties, and I’m pretty sure most sane people, want a good way to control who is able to purchase a gun. (Let’s not get into the type of gun, that’s not really important at this point.) After every major attack involving guns, the President goes on record that we need Gun Control Reform. Everyone agrees that we need Gun Control Reform, Congress puts forth bills from both parties, through both the House of Representatives and the Senate and yet, all the bills have failed?
The why is easy enough to answer. Both parties want to push their political agendas. Each bill has had the measures that everyone would agree to, however, each bill has also had “PORK.” The “PORK” in some of these bills ranges from NASA funding to Planned Parent hood funding, to funding for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and even Non-American groups.
The next question is why add “PORK” to every bill?
This is the question that I can’t answer. Our politicians swear up and down that they are trying to do what’s best for our Country, yet at every turn they do things to sabotage their work. Why are they adding things to a bill about gun control that has no bearing on it? Why try to get funding for Planned Parenthood? What does NASA have to do with gun control? The answers are….. NOTHING.
The Democratic bill writers know that the Republicans won’t pass a bill funding planned parenthood, and the Republicans know that the Democrats won’t pass a bill cutting funds to their programs. So in the end, the only reason to add this “PORK” is to be able to say that the other party doesn’t want gun control. It’s about political posturing. And it needs to stop.
We need our lawmakers to pull their heads out of their Political Parties and write Bills that are about the Bill Title and ONLY about the Bill Title. Maybe then, we can get things accomplished.