Monday, December 17, 2007

Democrats, President Bush, and the failures of Congress this year

The Democrats have utterly failed to use their majorities in Washington DC to get almost anything done. They have passed a few small bills; however, they have failed to do any of the following:

1. Force a change of direction in Iraq. In fact, we have more troops in Iraq today with a Democratic majority then we had with a Republican majority...

2. Fix the Alternative Minimum Tax. This is a sad battle that is occurring between the Dems and Reps. Basically the AMT is going to hit a whole bunch of taxpayers in the mouth this year if it is not "patched" for another year. This is something that we have known about all year, and yet nothing has been done. Our politicians are realistically considering two options and both are poor:

Option one is the one the Democrats are pushing for. In it they "patch" the AMT and they close tax loopholes and increase taxes on the rich to pay for it.

Option two is the one the Republicans are pushing for. In it they "patch" the AMT and increase the National debt.

If someone had a gun to my head I would side with the Democrats and option 1. We have got to stop "kicking the can down the road" and we have to stop increasing the National debt. That being said; option two is not the solution that should be chosen either.

The real answer is to fix the tax code and cut spending; unfortunately for America neither the Reps or Dems are willing to do this...

3. The Dems promised to "drain the swamp" and change how business was done. They have passed a couple of minor bills; however, there is no doubt that the culture of corruption continues and the Dems are just a much a part of it as the Reps. Earmark spending is rampant and the Dems are embarrassing themselves and breaking their promises...

4. One of the most basic functions of Government is to fund various programs. To date this has not been done either.

It is truly pathetic and the Dems need to get their act together because they have NOT followed through on their promises...

Mike Sylvester

5 comments:

Tim Zank said...

Mike, "We have got to stop "kicking the can down the road" Heh Heh Heh...

Sounds like you've been listening to Fred Thompson! (that's one of his favorite lines)

LP Mike Sylvester said...

Actually the first person I heard use that line was Jeff Pruitt...

Mike Sylvester

Phil Marx said...

Mike,

Sen. Feinstein and most of the top Democrats are pushing a resolution to have the troops out within nine months. I believe most Democrats support this, and I believe a lot of Republicans oppose it. It seems unfair to blame your point #1 on the Democrats.

Jeff Pruitt said...

And I didn't get it from listening to Thompson! I tried to listen but then I dozed off...

AF Lange said...

The dictatorship of the minority rule of 60% vote that is required to bring any bill to a vote in the Senate has blocked any real progress on a multitude of issues. When you say congress has failed you are correct if you say that the republican minority in congress has blocked any real change.