Well, this is wonderful.
After failing to make any meaningful progress, our legislature has decided to form a committee on Monday. You read that correctly; while you and I are making plans to make our car and mortgage payments, put food on the table, and keep the lights on, our legislature is forming a committee.
Forming a committee.
I guess they’re taking the rest of the week off. Surely they’ve already put in a few hours this week.
I have no doubt whatsoever that the recent Republican grandstanding of urging the governor to pay employees during the impasse is simple political maneuvering. If they were truly concerned, they would’ve spoken out months ago. Yet at the same time, I have to ask — where is everyone else? Those who haven’t spoken up, what are you doing?
Terms like “compromise” and “ideals” have become disposable commodities over these past few months. They’re thrown around without regard for meaning. Who has compromised? Whose ideals are so superior that they simply can’t be adjusted?
Make no mistake about it; every legislator, along with our governor, shares equal responsibility for not getting this budget passed. Any one of the warring factions can compromise. And while politicians take to the floor to further their causes, none are furthering our cause — that of Pennsylvania taxpayers. They all have plenty of fingers to point, but apparently not enough to make a hand with which to sign the budget.
Call them and ask what the hell is going on. Use sites like Vote Smart to track down your senator, your representative, and our governor. Call them. Email them. Let them know you’re watching.
Because in the end, the only thing more powerful than a lobbyist is a voter.