Skip to comments.Get Ready For The Familiar Democrat Whine in 2011…”Washington Is Broken”
Posted on 12/26/2010 10:47:39 AM PST by Starman417
Remember this? (2:50 mark)
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Joe Biden - "Washington, right now, is broken,"
Back in February when he uttered those words the Democrats has majorities in the House and the Senate. But still they complained they couldn't get anything done. They then passed Socialized Health Care. Took over companies they had no business taking over. Passed a treaty with Russia that makes us infinitely less safer. Pushed through a stimulus for "shovel ready" projects that did absolutely nothing for the economy. But still they whined they couldn't get anything done.
Democrats and their partisans in the press complained about Washington being broken only at those times when their agenda was imperiled. Vice President Bidens statement, for example, came after the election of Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown took away the Democrats filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Just a few weeks later, when Barack Obama signed the national health care bill into law, Biden was all smiles.
Now, after the lame-duck session, Democratic leaders are happy again. But its only temporary. As the new year approaches, get ready for a new round of Democratic Washington-is-broken grumbling.~~~
It's also why you're hearing new rumbling about what many Democrats consider the ultimate fix for the Washington-is-broken problem: eliminating the filibuster. A perennial complaint, unhappiness with the filibuster is likely to reach new heights among Democrats in the next few months. Already, the entire returning Democratic caucus has signed a letter by Sens. Carl Levin and Mark Warner calling for rules changes that will make it easier to kill filibusters. Some are also hoping to make it possible to change the Senate's rules with a simple majority vote, rather than the two-thirds vote required now. That way, Democrats could do anything they want, even without that 60-vote majority.
It won't happen; there aren't the votes. It could even be that Democrats are pushing the anti-filibuster argument so loudly because they know it won't happen. That way, they can position themselves as favoring "filibuster reform" with the comfort of knowing they'll still have the filibuster the next time they're in the minority, which might be soon.
Meanwhile, new voices are taking up the Washington-is-broken crusade. At the recent New York rollout of the Democratic-leaning group No Labels, speaker after speaker pushed the idea that "hyperpartisanship" in Washington has prevented elected leaders from "getting things done." They're looking for some still-unspecified new approach to break the partisan deadlock.
But Byron makes the point that it SHOULD be difficult to pass legislation that will fundamentally change millions of American lives. The last two years Democrats had enough members to pass whatever the hell they wanted and look where it got us. Rising interest rates, increasing unemployment, and rising consumer prices. They printed money and passed bills that spent more.
We got screwed.
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It’s been broken for more than 40 years, and the libs are just now noticing. Of course, that makes perfect sense, because they are the ones who broke it.
Lets not forget the 12 RINO’s who helped push the START Treaty over the top. How about a big “Shout Out” to Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Thanks for nothing Johnny.
Exactly! Totally predictable.
We heard some of this in the ‘08 campaign. Obama was going to change the tone in Washington, change the process. He was going to be post partisan.
If Washington is still broken, and this is after good Democrats have been in charge for the past two years, then whose fault is that? Good Democrats still control the Senate and White House. Since we have a good Democrat president, shouldn’t this problem have been solved????
Yes, we need another leftist fix to try and fix the 30 previous leftist fixes again...
The liberal dogma is like a soap opera, an episode left with a concerning issue every time to be tackled in the next episode that will just create another issue to be tackled.
It’s been broken since Lincoln decided to impose his tyranny against the South with a war of aggression. Woodrow Wilson continued the assault on the Constitution by bamboozling the States into the 16th and 17th Amendments. With those 2 amendments, the State lost their control of the Federal Government.
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