I was not surprised when Congress passed the bill to increase the debt limit yesterday. I was displeased that it was drawn out as long as it was. I was disappointed with the bill they ended up passing. I was discouraged by the negative vote on the bill by one of my Senators. I was not, however, surprised by any of this. I figured something would be passed at the last minute.
I was not surprised, either, that - despite all the talk from our Senators and Representatives about how important jobs are in this economy and despite pleas from the administration that they act and despite the fact that this is going to cause a loss of $1.2 billion in tax revenue - that the Congress failed to extend FAA funding before heading home yesterday.
I am not surprised because Congress is consistently inconsistent.
Now, to be fair, I get that our representatives are worn out from the last minute haggling and deal-making concerning the debt limit. I really do. But seriously. Do these people think that their jobs are supposed to be stress-free? Of course they aren't. That is why they are paid decently to do their jobs.
So, in short: I'm disgusted but not the least bit surprised. Sounds like Congress is operating their business as usual to me.
photo by Sean MacEntee