Can it get worse than this? With Congress, yes

It seems too often we say about Congress, “It can’t get worse than this.” You probably didn’t hear about it, but it has now reached rock bottom. At least, we can hope so.

You know Congress left town, the House having wasted millions of dollars voting the 40th time to repeal Obamacare, which the House passed years ago. That’s not the bottom. Read on.

You know Senate Republicans continue to set records filibustering so many amendments and bills, the Senate has achieved precious little this session. No bottom yet. Read on.

You may have heard Congress returns after Labor Day to repeat the sequestration nightmare. That’s the plan devised to force a budget because it was thought Republican obstructionists would not be stupid enough to force deep, automatic across-the-board cuts if a budget were not passed. Now we know they are stupid enough. Read on.

The sleazy two leaders of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, Democrat and Republican, have asked all senators to suggest what to keep or not in a proposed rewrite of the tax code, including whether to keep mortgage deductions, the darling of this newspaper’s publisher.

Fair enough, but the bottom was reached when they promised the senators to keep their suggestions secret from voters by using them to craft a bill and then lock them away in the National Archives for 50 years, so most will be dead before their constituents learn what they wrote and find they were hypocrites.

Howard Fields