This Guy Actually Fired Congress!

October 5, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Ratings DownAs the federal government shutdown lurches toward the end of its first week, Congress hits an all-time low with approval ratings. A recent CNN/ORC International poll indicates that just 10% of Americans are happy with the job that Congress is doing. And while the Democrats fared more favorably than the Republicans and the tea party, all three took significant hits to their approval ratings.

Of course, it’s easy to see why people like Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana) makes comments like, “We’re not going to be disrespected…. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” In other words, Rep. Stutzman’s grand plan is to destroy the nation even though he doesn’t have any idea what it is he’s try to accomplish—besides preserving his own dainty ego, apparently.

Frankly, it’s surprising that the American people are taking this situation so calmly. Is it because we’ve simply become inured to Washington’s shenanigans? In Australia, things are quite different. There, one guy actually fired Congress:

Late on the morning of Nov. 11, 1975, Australia’s Governor General John Kerr, unelected and answerable only to the Crown, fired then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government had deferred the passing of two appropriation bills, which effectively left the government out of pocket by about $4 billion a month in adjusted US dollars.

Mr. Kerr then appointed an opposition leader, willing to pass the bills, as prime minister. But when Mr. Whitlam’s members revolted and passed a no-confidence motion in the new prime minister, Kerr wielded the “nuclear option”: He dismissed both the Senate and the House of Representatives, triggering a double dissolution election. It all happened in just a few hours. And there has never been a government shutdown in Australia since.

The point here is that even people as insulated, stubborn, and thick-headed as politicians can learn from this experience!

“But here in America we can’t do something like that,” you say. On the contrary! While we can’t accomplish it in one fell stroke like Australia’s Mr. Kerr, we can elect representatives to Congress who are willing to work together to accomplish those things that need doing. The next time you go to the polls, consider the candidates carefully, and send to Washington someone who will represent your interest in getting things done.

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