Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Do Nothing Democrats

The President has decided to run against a do nothing Congress. A look at he legislative accomplish seem to bear out the President's premise, this Congress has indeed passed very little legislation. The Presidential blame of course falls at the feet of the House and the House Republicans. Yet this isn't right, it is the democrats in the Senate that allows legislation go there to die. It is not even debated and voted for or against. The House legislation is not filibustered, it just lies there waiting for some type of action.

According to ABC this morning Congressman Lynn Westmoreland urged Speaker Boehner to stop writing, passing, and voting for legislation without ensuring there are 60 votes in the Senate. This is the wrong attitude. This would play right into the President's campaign and allows Harry Reid off the hook for blocking legislation from even having a debate. The Republicans in the House could negotiate in good faith and have the 60 votes in the Senate and Harry Reid could still sit on the legislation. In fact that is what he is doing. Reid knows debating this legislation may get to 60 votes or at least make for some difficult votes for the Democrats in the Senate. So even if there was 13 Senate Democrats willing to allow an up or down vote, Harry Reid won't even think about the legislation unless Obama pushed the idea in the first place.

The House has passed 30 jobs bills. President Obama's own job commission recommended many proposals that are similar to those already passed in the House according to Boehner. Yet because passing this type of bill, it languishes in the Senate to die because it would make the President's campaign memes of a do nothing Congress and uncompromising Republicans mute points. The bottom line is it is the democrats that are uncompromising and the Democrats that are not doing anything. Our country deserves better people in our government then a political party bent on power rather than on what is good for the American people.

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