In Samuel B. Griffith II's book, The War For American Independence, he describes General Washington being summoned by Congress to Philadelphia in December of 1778 to discuss the condition of the army. Washington wrote a letter describing the men of Congress. "...idleness, dissipation and extravagance seemed to have laid fast hold of most of them... Speculation, peculation, and insatiable thirst for riches seem to have got the better of every other consideration..." Factional disputes and personal quarrels were "the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of an empire, a great and accumulated debt; ruined finances, depreciated money and want of credit... are but secondary considerations..."
Isn't it amazing that Washington could have been describing the Congress of 2012? -- Ed Welke, Detroit Lakes