The vote in Congress went as expected as it was split between party lines so its' legs going into the Senate are pretty short. In my opinion, it needed significant momentum going into the Senate to have a chance to pass in its current state. More than likely the final legislation that will be voted on in the Senate will not look the same as it is now. Thank goodness there are a couple of middle of the road democrats like Manchin or we'd be in even a worse mess; there would be no stopping the madness. Note to self, don't forget to send Manchin a Christmas card and a bottle of Wild Turkey. :)
And lastly, even though I did mention this yesterday, the CBO verified that democrats were wrong (a.k.a. lying), about the price tag on the legislation. It will not pay for itself. Both parties are drowning us in debt but the good, or depending on how you look at it, the bad news, is that there's no way you and I will have to pay for it all. Look around at your children and grandchildren. Are you going to explain to them how we maxed out our credit cards and that as soon as they can start making money, they'll need to pay for our irresponsible spending? It's only fair that you tell them that we share partial responsibility because like a bunch of insane people, we've not become good stewards as citizens of this great nation. We know there are extremely serious problems, but we continue to expect others to address them. We continue to re-elect absolute nut jobs. We don't demand term limits.
Do you think things will get better on their own? With one phone call, and I'm not anyone special, I've set up a meeting with a few of Senator Mark Rubio's staff to discuss three main issues which I believe we need to prioritize for the protection of our great nation. Basically, we have thousands of things to fix, but where should we start? Which items should we let slide with potential Band-Aid fixes so we can be more productive addressing the most severe problems we face as a nation?
The fact is, you could do the very same thing wherever you are. Call your representatives (they work for you), at the federal and state levels and share your thoughts. Put them to work in giving you a written response (please get it in writing), regarding the concerns you have. Don't accept can responses. I can't tell you how many times I've had to ask for more facts after getting their initial response because basically they were just trying to see what they could get away with in not making any promises.
Tell them you want specifics on what they are going to do and then follow up to see if they addressed the problems. We've got to stay on top of them. If not us, who?