The democrat-led congress is getting some seriously low approval ratings, even lower than the republican led congress they replaced in 06, which is quite the feat, considering how bloated, ineffective, corrupt and scandal-laden that last one was. But how do they justify their failure? Well, they are blaming the republican minority for checking them. And they are not joking!
Nothing has helped the minority party influence legislation this year
more than Senate Republicans' liberal use of the filibuster. The
obstructionist tactic can be overcome only with 60 votes in the
100-member chamber, where Democrats hold 51 seats.
The current Senate is on pace to shatter the record for filibusters, making the once-rare maneuver virtually an everyday threat.
GOP senators used vote-delaying filibusters this year to thwart
House and Senate majorities on efforts to offset the $50 billion cut in
projected revenue from the alternative minimum tax; allow the
government to negotiate Medicare drug prices; impose new taxes on oil
companies; require more use of renewable fuels in generating
electricity; grant congressional representation to the District of Columbia; and require more rest time from troops deployed to Iraq.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says little can be done until and unless more Democrats replace Republicans in the Senate.
So, to get this straight, in order for democrats to change things, they don;t just need a majority, they need a supreme majority. That's their excuse, which was never the case in recent history. I think it's a good thing that neither party can get 60% control of the Senate, and for one to demand it, in order to "enact change", it shows how weak and unable to play politics with the other party, not to mention it allows the ignoring of the minority's opinion and voice. But then again, maybe that's the only way democrats can get things done. What do you think?