That's the phrase the media's been using to describe the 111th Congress; in a futile attempt to knock some sense into us plebes, maybe make us understand just how much the kindhearted Democratic party tried to do for us before we so cruelly ejected them like the spiteful children we so obviously are...
Let's define productive, shall we?
- producing much: producing something abundantly and efficiently
- worthwhile: producing satisfactory or useful results
- producing something: producing or able to produce something
Now ask yourself: Does this fit the definition of productive?
The federal government has accumulated more new debt--$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.
That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.
The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.
Is creating debt a productive act? Short answer: no. The creation of a negative is not a productive act, it is the anthesis of one. Actually, we can fairly ask if the creation of debt is the definition of "unproductive"....
- not producing goods and services with exchange value
What services have we received of value? Not the stimulus, or health care reform (taking a good system and making it worse is not productive, unless the goal is to destroy the system), or even on foreign policy, where virtually all global situations have gone from bad to worse.
I guess the media's "out clause" here is the second definition of "productive": producing satisfactory results. In the eyes of the MSM, the radical leftist legislation passed by the 111th Congress was "satisfactory" as it was legislation they favored and supported. The results of these policies - a miserable economy, thousands of folks actually losing health insurance - are being ignored, as they would run counter to the "productive" theme. So the media looks strictly at the agenda, and deems it "historic" and of course, "productive".
While we - forced to live with the results from this misguided and subversive Congress - can fairly look at the entirety of the process, from legislation to implementation, and fairly judge the 111th as "the most unproductive Congress ever".
And in doing so, we are being more honest and realistic about the damage done by the 11th than any member of the media could dare ever be...