“Every member of Congress needs to get on board,” Graham said. “It’s not fair to the president to let him, leave him out there alone quite frankly. He’s getting hit from libertarians and the left.It's odd that Graham would mention this "going to court," as the leaked DOJ white paper that everybody's talking about explicitly says, "[T]here exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional questions." Oh well! Graham will put his money where his mouth is by introducing a resolution next week commending Obama's murder of a 16-year-old boy.
“I think the middle of America understands why you would want a drone program to go after a person like Anwar al-Awlaki,” Graham added.
“The process of being targeted I think is legal, quite frankly laborious and should reside in the commander in chief to determine who an enemy combatant is and what kind of force to use.”
“If this ever goes to court I guarantee you it will be a slam dunk support of what the administration is doing. I think one of the highlights of President Obama’s first time and the beginning of his second term is the way he’s been able to use drones against terrorists."
With the effects of sequestration looming, and over a million federal employees at risk of suffering furloughs, one must wonder: why are members of congress not giving up any of their $174,000 salaries? If taxpayers must deal with the hiring freezes, wage freezes, unpaid time off, and cuts to federal programs, surely there's no reason why those same taxpayers should pay almost $100 million a year in congressional salaries. Especial when the congress in question is failing them.
If one considers that the average household income is in the neighborhood of $50,000, and that unemployment is around 8%, congressional salaries quickly become a question of ethics rather than just poor taste. It can't be moral for our legislators to make almost four times the average household income, and over eleven times the income of a minimum wage earner, while millions of Americans who are seeking jobs can't get them, and congress can't do something as simple as pass a budget to get the country back on track.
Sequestration, in theory, was supposed to be so uncomfortable that congress would come to a compromise in order to avoid the otherwise-inevitable automatic spending cuts. Because there was nothing personally at risk for Republicans or Democrats in congress, sequestration has proven to be a complete failure.
The petition at hand has created a new dilemma for Republicans and Democrats to consider, should it prove popular.
In a way, it's Plato's Republic put into practice. Our congress men and women ought to be taking up positions of leadership because they feel they will benefit our nation. That politicians make so much more than the average American raises significant doubts about their intentions.
It has yet to be seen whether the petition will gather any traction, but it does raise the question of what we're going to do to hold congress accountable. Clearly, self-regulation is not a viable option moving forward.
You can view the petition at http://signon.org/sign/congress-do-job-voluntarily.