Disabling the Enablers

New York has two United States senators -- Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand -- who help enable a do-nothing Congress through their silence.

What is an enabler?  It is one whose action, inaction or silence allows an injurious action to continue. In personal life, it is one who buys or gives money to an addict to acquire the addictive substance. In politics, it is one who stands by while something they know is wrong goes on. For example, when an elected official stands silent while another party member is engaged in something not quite right. This is the most common form of enabling in politics.

New York has two enablers in the United States Senate. Senator Charles Schumer, who is safe for another four years, and Kirsten Gillibrand, up for re-election this year. Their mode of enabling is silence.  What are they silent about?  By constitutional authority, the Congress and Senate must produce a budget every year. Congress had done its duty when last year it passed the "Path to Prosperity" budget. The Senate had blocked time and time again any consideration of this budget. They have not produced any alternative budget. In fact, they have not produced any kind of budget since April 2009, almost 1000 days.

This is direct abrogation of their constitutional duty. Yet, both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have remained silent while this President lies to the people about a "do-nothing" congress." The Republican- led Congress has passed since they took control more than 50 bills, including proposed budgets, and the Senate has yet to take up any of them for consideration. The truth is you have a "do-nothing" Senate, the legislative body led by the Democrats.

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John Q. Public February 03, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Andy, I think you just got disinvited to Valentine's Day Dinner with Mike Morey and Darren Rigger, both of whom make (or have made) a living from the Democratic Senators you pillory. It is a bit strange in this thread to hear some ex-cop now retired on "disability" (that's what all the LIRR workers claim to begin playing golf every day and laughing at the system that enriches them) claim that everyone he ever arrested was innocent and merely defending a perceived injustice. His comment is spoken like a true American who walked out of Goodfellas or the Godfather.
Liz Claire February 03, 2012 at 09:51 PM
You should file a restraining order after offering your opinion JQP. Do you know how violent these people are? You are not safe. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/people_busted_in_lirr_disability_CRD2UF7Og1E6VdUSxFa8nO
Scott Walters February 03, 2012 at 10:13 PM
My wonderful joke was deleted....???? If you want it, message me privately... Never would I think that such a thing would happen here in America....
Lanning Taliaferro February 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
A comment has been deleted for inappropriate language. Please check our terms of use - they're very readable! http://tarrytown.patch.com/terms
jeff meyer February 04, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Why should he file a restraining order. For what? He or she is anonymous. Which is fine. The opinions of JQP are typical of a anti labor, tea partier zealot. For you Ms. Claire to say that the anonymous JPQ is not safe is illogical and silly. Even if myself and all proponents of organized labor knew who he was it really wouldn't matter. The opinions offered by JQP are a worth a dime a dozen. Very little substance. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY


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