Or maybe dictators is a more apt word…
Since the 2008 election, and especially since the 2010 midterm elections the gop leadership, and much of its rank and file in congress have refused to address the important issues facing america. Or maybe it’s more correct to say that they have publicly addressed these issues while refusing to act on them. Well, that’s not right either- for they have surely “acted”…in the past couple of months alone they have taken the stage and put on purely for show votes on everything from the budget to abortion bills.
But for a good two plus years now they have refused to do what our congress has done for generations- negotiate and compromise for the benefit of all americans. (shall we discuss the ramifications of the political grandstanding that was the debt ceiling crisis- and the massive negative impact this had on the average american? )
Here you can find basic info on the laws and bills passed by our 112th congress. And over at GovTrack you can research the particulars- and the votes. And while neither of these will show you the more important issues- what hasn’t been dealt with, it’s pretty painfully obvious just how little of the important work america needs doing is getting done. Between Boehner and the house majority refusing to bring things to a vote- or refusing to work together to bring together bills that have a chance of passing both houses and becoming law, to the Senates record setting use of the fillibuster (or the threat of one) to kill all action, americas work is not getting done.
The republicans have become more concerned about regaining absolute control then they are about the country. And they are more then willing to play with the far right in order to achieve this goal.
Back in 2008 I had a strange feeling the republicans were trying to loose the election- first by picking McCain and then him picking Palin as VP. I was pretty sure they knew just how bad things were- and were going to get. And figured whoever won in 2008 wouldn’t see the presidency again for decades- because they would bear the blame for not fixing such a monumental disaster in just 4 years. And from the start the republicans drug their feet. And when the massive declines not only stopped- but turned around- they got really scared. Wondering if Obama might actually pull off what they knew they had no plan to address. So thenthey courted the fringe right, retook the house, and moved the US towards a british parliamentary system- winner takes all, or more simply- “our way or the highway”.
The republicans have been playing a dirty and dangerous game- with all of us paying the price. For one reason, and one reason only- power.