Well done, Tigger. Gridlock does several things; it adds air pollution, whether some posters believe in that or not. It feeds frustration and anger/road rage. It wastes gasoline. It increases commuting time and therefore reduces time available to get things done.
The best way to reduce all of these (and more) effects of gridlock is to improve our infrastructure, which was what I was led to believe that the Stimulus was supposed to do. If it’s happening, it’s not happening around here.
Regardless, once again, we’re at the point of having finite funds and seemingly infinite wants and needs. Once again, someone needs to create priorities that make sense and move forward to accomplish well-understood goals.
Once again, it ain’t getting done. Blame whoever you want to, because everyone is complicit. Remember, with those fat salaries/benefits/pensions come power and responsibility to use it wisely. Unfortunately, people are taking those benefits and using their time in office to campaign or make speeches.
The Congressman who represents my district has not responded to my question about why, with all the crap flying around, he feels the need to read the Constitution aloud on the House floor. I can read the Constitution myself; I have on many occasions. That’s not what he was elected for. The time for grandstanding is long past. I will again vote against him again in two years; I do my part.