When President Obama took office on Janurary 20th 2009 the Republican Leadership (John Boehner and Mitch McConnell) decided they were not going to do anything to help this president or a Democrat controlled Congress move this country forward. Any legislation that was sponsored or strongly backed by Democrats the Republicans would immediately be on the side of opposition. It did’t matter what the legislation was, for it to pass Democrats would have to pass with a “Super Majority”
Republicans would force the “Super Majority” with the threat of a filibuster
Since Democrats took control of both the House and Senate in 2007 Republicans have used the filibuster approximately 152 times (112 times from 2007-2008)!! The use of filibuster exploded in 2007 once the Democrats took over; in the previous year under a Republican controlled congress the filibuster was only used 54 times by Democrats.
So what does this all mean for the everyday person?
That means the people suffer while Republicans focus on their political futures; if you think I am being too harsh take for example the debate of extending unemployment benefits. While millions of Americans unemployment benefits ran out Republicans stood by and debated if it was a good idea to extend the benefits. Poll after poll favored extending but the majority of Republicans stuck to their guns; it was clear that the GOP did not care about anyone else but themselves.
What I can’t understand is how a rational thinking person could possibily support this Republican way of thinking; according to a Gallup Poll released on August 30th 51% of registered voters preferred a Republican run Congress!!
As I have been saying since before the summer for this congress to produce good/great legislation it will take both parties working together. The more divided we are the less effective we will be; unfortuantely the Republicans are set to continue their obstructionist ways until they can regain some control of congress. When the mid-term elections occur in Novemeber we will more than likely see Republicans win control of the House; if that is the case the “Right” will then have to change from obstructionist to legislators. There is an interesting power that comes along with controlling the House of Representatives; Subpoena Power!
Having subpoena power allows the party in power to investigate suspious activity within governement; best believe Republicans would take advantage of that power to investigate the Obama Administration. What they will have to becareful of is not going too far with investigations. We could see a sceanrio where the House will be so involved in investigations that no real legislation will be enacted; and in these econiomic times the last thing we need is a lack of focus on creating jobs.
I have to admit I am not very hopefully that we will see much out of the Republican party; John Boehner and Mitch McConnell still have not produced a plan to set this country back on the right path. All I am seeing and hearing is a lot of stupid discussion about Ground Zero Mosques and how the President is a supporter of Islam.
Both parties need to wake up and get it together, they need to focus on the word for today…
THE WORD FOR TODAY IS JOB, J-O-B-S!!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!