Congress: Same Old Same Old?

Congress heads back today for the ol’ “Lame Duck” session. Democrats in the senate will want to push some things through while they are in the majority; Republicans will want to wait because they will control the senate when the new congress takes over in January.

Then the Republicans will want to protect their majority for the 2016 election.

In other words, it will be the same old same old in Washington for the next two years. As I have written several times in the past, it’s all about the next election in Washington and the election in 2016 is a Presidential election. Neither side will want to make a mistake that will cost them the White House or control of the senate.

One thing they could address is campaign finance. Money flows to both sides pretty well.

CBS News recently reported, “The midterm election this month was the most expensive in history and $145 million came from anonymous donors.”

You read that correctly – “$145 million came from anonymous donors.” CBS News also reported, “In Colorado, more than a third of all spending came from anonymous donors.”

It’s also called “dark money” and both Democrats and Republicans are recipients.

It looks like we are heading to a time in the not too distant future where there will be no limits on campaign donations because the courts seem to believe it’s free speech.

Although many people will disagree with no-donation limits, Congress should at least ensure that American people know who is funding the candidates. In today’s world, that info could easily be disclosed within a few hours, but don’t hold your breath.

In August of this year Gallup polling reported, “Fourteen percent of Americans now approve of Congress and 81% disapprove.”

I don’t see that changing much in the next two years.

 

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