Every school kid beyond Kindergarten understands what the term "recess" means. Time out from the school day to take a deep breath, recreate, re-focus, and then come back to the school day with a re-invigorated purposeful spirit.
Imagine if the teacher, during a twenty minute recess, came out to the school playground ringing a bell every 5 minutes, to remind the students that they are really still in school, that recess is not really recess after all, so don't get too involved in playing "Mother May I " because while you may be on the playground, it is not really recess! Huh? Recess is not really recess? A Rose by any other name is really not a rose... ?
Would that make sense to a second grader? Hardly!
And for Congress to leave town after Christmas, not returning until Jan. 23rd, a full month away, and claim that they are really still in session is not just an artifice... It is nothing short of preposterous! It is phony. It is a sham, and the American people know a hoax when they see one. Congress is playing a silly game, and finally...finally...President Obama is calling them on it, with his recess appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,
He has crossed the Republican's Rubicon River, by throwing down the gauntlet He may as well have said "Alea Iacta Est!" , as did Ceasar ( The die is cast). The battle for the heart and soul of the Republic now looms!
It is about time. Obama has faced nothing but obstruction from a Republican dominated Congress since he took office. Even when the Democrats held the majority in both houses, the Republicans used every available device to frustrate, delay, and obstruct Obama's agenda.
He has tried to reach out to them. ..to no avail. He has compromised with them on tax policy, only to be confounded again in the debt ceiling debate. He finally stood his ground on the middle class tax cut before Christmas, and the recalcitrant Republicans , with no reasonable retreat route, raised the white flag. They caved. No wonder Congress is only at an 11% approval rating.
They have done nothing to move the country forward. They have done nothing to create jobs. They have done nothing to protect the American worker. They have done nothing to help the middle class consumer. They have refused to raise taxes on the rich, but were ready to allow the middle class payroll tax cut to go by the boards. They have become the "Do Nothing Republican Congress" of 2011-12, and their days are now numbered.
Rome is burning. The choice is between "Don't just stand there...Do Something!", and don't do anything, just stand there!". The American people are finally calling them out on their failure to function. Fiddling amidst the flames of a faltering economy is no solution. As Lee Iacocca used to say" Either lead...follow..or get the hell out of the way!" Time for them to do the latter.