Our country's reputation as the world's leader is being rapidly diminished by our dysfunctional Congress and administration in Washington as they play petty partisan politics.
This big government continues to exemplify bureaucratic inefficiency and wastefulness, corruption and intrusiveness, while serving special interest groups to the detriment of its citizens. It's apparently so big, it cannot get out of its own way to make common sense decisions for America.
For example, congressional staffing totals upwards of 24,000 employees serving 535 elected politicians. For 2012, the Congressional Research Service reports that in addition to the $174,000 salary plus benefits per congressman, each averaged a miscellaneous allowance of $1,564,613 (House) and $3,209,103 (Senate), which begs the question -- are they too big to fail? Hardly.
A principle behind our Declaration of Independence can be found in the statement, "Government is best which governs least; it is the people who discipline themselves." Big government interferes with the democratic process and the mechanisms of our free enterprise system.
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But that's history, how can we affect the future? Each of us must get more proactive in choosing our future elected leaders by starting at the grassroots level. Encourage and support new blood to run for office as citizen legislators, not career politicians.
Insist their platform includes limited terms for Congress, bipartisan cooperation, censuring earmark legislation and standing up to special interest group pressure.
Lastly, sweep out of office those incumbents unwilling to work toward these objectives.