Democrats Force Agenda In U.S. House
House Democrats have declared victory in their first 100 hours by short-circuiting the deliberative process on six bills they rammed through the House of Representatives. From FoxNews:
The hours were clocked by measuring only the amount of time Congress debated the six items since convening the 110th Congress on Jan. 4. Republicans complained that Democrats were able to whip out the six bills in short order because they did not allow Republican involvement in the debate.
"House Democrats' first 100 hours has come to an end, and with it, we hope we'll see the beginning of the open and accountable discussion of the issues Americans deserve from their legislators," said Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who argued Republicans wanted to work in a bipartisan way but Democrats refused to include them.
"Republicans look forward to working with the Democrat majority in the second 100 hours and beyond to achieve real progress on the issues Americans care about," Blunt said in a written statement.
The Democratic Party has once again proved that they are the party of partisan politics, declaring the U.S. shall be governed their way, "or the highway."
During the campaign season, the Democrats promised that they would ring in a new era of bipartisan politics and tun the most ethical Congress in the history of that august body. Those promises have now been proven to be nothing more than the empty rhetoric that it really was.
Any majority party can force an agenda through Congress by silencing opposition. This is, I believe, the first time that such has been so blatantly done in the United States. It is an embarrassment.
And it shows that the Democratic majority now in control of Congress does not have America's best interests at heart, nor does it care for the democratic process.
One of the bills calls for $15 BILLION of new fees, taxes and royalties on the oil industry. You know, the "evil" oil industry that wants nothing more than to line their pockets with record profits. Never mind the fact that the oil companies are publicly traded companies, and millions of Americans are sharing in that profit. If you have money in 401k (or similar) plans, mutual funds, and other similar investment instruments, chances are you own stock, albeit indirectly, in oil companies. Never mind the fact that they are one of the biggest contributors (through taxes, fees, royalties, etc.) to the government coffers.
Other legislation that the Democratic party forced through the House of representatives using their version of the Golden Rule (you know, the one that says "Silence is Golden, and Republicans should remain silent.").
A minimum wage increase that may have a detrimental impact on local economies where wages for high schoolers is currently below current Federal minimums (some states have minimum wages at that level already). This is also a good way to encourage youths to drop out of high school. See previous article on minimum wage increases.
Expanding Federal funding for stem cell research.
Cutting interest rates on student loans, rates that are already low, and on loans that are frequently not repaid.
All this, and more, without Republican input, or open, honest debate. And the Dems claim to be Democratic, and support bipartisan politics. Give me a break!