Progressive Hypocrisy: Part 34523
A short note.
I have observed plenty of leftists hammer away at Congress recently, especially on the Republicans in the House, for its failure to reach a deal on the infamous “fiscal cliff”. According to Conventional wisdom on the left, the House and its ‘extreme’ Tea Partiers are to blame for the lack of progress and Congress’ inability to reach a deal.
Normally completely absent from this type of analysis is the fact that progressive statists control both the Senate and the White House.
At the same time, I have seen some progressives also lament the fact that so many politicians get reelected to Congress, thereby making it “dysfunctional”. Because Congress is “dysfunctional”, this argument goes, it has been unable to reach a deal.
First, Congress is not designed to be “effective”. It is designed to make decisions after great deliberation. A restrained Congress is generally a good Congress.
Second, progressives manage to lament the reelection rate of members of Congress while still celebrating the fact that Barack Obama was reelected. The President has single-handedly been one of the greatest obstacles to reaching a deal on the “fiscal cliff”.
Lamenting the fact that members of Congress are reelected, while celebrating the reelection of Barack Obama, is hypocrisy at its best.