CU President David Bossie warns of the lame-duck Congress in The Daily Caller:
Republicans may be in control of the U.S. House of Representatives when the 112th Congress comes to Washington, D.C. in January, but the 111th Congress isn’t dead yet. When the disastrous Pelosi-Reid-led Congress comes back for its lame-duck session on November 15th, it should have one thing in mind: do no more harm to country or party. But clearly, doing what the American people want has not been the modus operandi thus far. We should all be uneasy, because six weeks is enough time to do a lot more damage if we let our guard down.
Let’s review. When the 111th Congress began its war on prosperity in January 2009, the national debt registered at $10.6 trillion; it is currently $13.7 trillion and rising rapidly. The unemployment rate stood at 7.7 percent. Today, 22 months later, because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid focused on everything except jobs and the economy, our unemployment rate has been stuck at 9.6 percent for three months and has been over 9 percent for 18 straight months. This is the first time this has happened since 1982-1983, when unemployment stayed above 9 percent for 19 straight months before the Reagan economic package took effect by ushering in unprecedented economic growth for the rest of the decade. If this lame-duck Congress does one thing and one thing only — it is imperative that it extends every single one of President Bush’s tax relief items. Before the historic 2010 elections, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid’s tax strategy seemed to be centered on picking and choosing who deserves tax cuts and who doesn’t. Continuing this anti-growth mentality in the lame-duck session would be a colossal mistake and would cause gridlock in the U.S. Senate. It doesn’t take a genius to know that in this type of economic climate every American urgently needs tax relief, not just the folks Obama, Pelosi, and Reid judge to be worthy of help.
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