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Well today is Election Day here in the U.S., our annual opportunity to practice democracy (insert joke here about continuing to practice until we get it right). Here's hoping all those who are registered get out and vote, and that the process proceeds smoothly.

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162. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2012, 12:51 Verno
 
Prez wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 12:12:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 11:44:
Prez wrote on Nov 7, 2012, 09:21:
Yeah I agree with that. What bothered me most about his first term is what he *didn't* get passed - no federal budget in 4 years ( 2 of them while Democrats contolled the Congress and virtually any budget he wanted would have passed with ease)

Please please please stop repeating this nonsense about Democrats controlling Congress for 2 years. It didn't happen.

This is a well-established misinformation campaign that started in the blogospere and has propagated for 2 years now. When both the house and Senate have majority leaders from the same party (as the Democrats did with Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House that party is said to have control of Congress. It has been that way forever. The difference is that they were not "filibuster-proof" (having the necessary 66 seats to break filibuster) , which makes things take longer but the Democrats unequivocally still had control. With the number of moderate Republicans in Congress at the time virtually anything that the President wanted would have passed without issue. If you'll recall, the hold-up on the Health Care vote was because Pelosi did have enough Democrat support for the bill because of their evangelical views. A simple re-write of the section in question and the rest was academic.

I find it pointless that every discussion devolves into semantics, but this has to be addressed. THE DEMOCRATS HAD CONTROL OF CONGRESS THROUGH SIMPLE MAJORITY. They simply lacked the precious 2/3rd's majority. If everyone on the majority side is of a like mind than there is nothing the minority party can do to stop legislation from passing, only delay it via filibuster.

The problem with this logic is that moderates get shut out in politics too often, particularly in the Republican party. It's been well established that the RNC on key issues has basically told reps to vote with the party or be targeted and supplanted later by Tea Party candidates. There were a lot of moderates running to the right (Romney included) over the past 4 years and it is depressing to see the country continually divide and fracture as a result.

It is really difficult to get anything done in politics if the other party essentially establishes opposition on every key issue, doesn't matter if you're a Dem or a Republican. Our party needs to do some serious soul searching about how we've approached key issues with young demographics and start banishing the demons before we're a minority party in several years. We really need a return to the fiscal conservative middle of the party and to essentially detach the far right, it is not getting us anywhere and in fact is costing us plenty despite the appearance that its the "base".
 
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