From: Rob Shattuck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM
Subject: "Congress stopped functioning about three years ago."
To: 6th DISTRICT ISSUE DEFINERS AND CANDIDATE QUESTIONERS
"Congress stopped functioning about three years ago, and there is no indication when it will start functioning again."
That's what I said when interviewed on Birmingham's Morning News w/ JT yesterday morning.
The last 18 months have been particularly appalling, with the government shutdown, going to the brink on U.S. debt default, continued governance without budgets, and the endless finger pointing.
The Affordable Care Act is a monstrosity, borne three years ago from a grossly dysfunctional Congress. It is rolling down the track, it can hardly be turned on a dime, and it would seem sure not to be repealed and replaced while President Obama is in office, or ever if Hillary Clinton wins in 2016.
The other 6th Congressional district candidates continue to purvey that they can contribute to repairing the abysmal condition of Congress if the 6th district voters elect the right person, and that person goes to Washington and pounds ever harder on President Obama and the Democrats, and beats more loudly the "repeal and replace Obamacare" drum.
I don't think any of the other six candidates will make a whit of difference for our failed Congress.
I am purveying this diagnosis: (i) the political class in Washington DC is the common enemy of peon Republicans, peon Democrats, and peon independents, (ii) the political class in Washington works at keeping the electorate divided and keeping Republicans and Democrats riled up and angry at each other, even hating each other, (iii) doing this aids the political class in Washington to preserve and fortify their entrenched position and increase their riches and power, and (iv) this is a major cause of a government in Washington that is not of, by and for the people, and a Congress that is dysfunctional and not able to do its job properly for the American people.
I have a National Battle Plan for fighting back against our failed Congress and the Washington political class that has foisted it on the American people. Please read the plan, and ask the other candidates why they think they will make a whit of difference, and why my plan is not the only choice the American people have.