Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Unicameral Legislature

But Mr. Reid said the House Republicans should forget about passing their bill and not bother sending the Senate anything, but instead go deal with President Obama

That's what the Majority Leader of the Senate said. The nation is on the verge of falling off a fiscal cliff. Make no mistake this is well beyond the question of extension of tax cuts for the middle class and the imposition of more draconian taxes on the wealthiest 2%. This is a package that may impact 100 million American taxpayers if only with regard to the application of the AMT, the alternative minimum tax. It is loaded with taxes on things like inheritances, dividends, capital gains, and of course good old-fashioned income. If you are successful you can be guaranteed that it will penalize you.

Somehow we've managed to watch the Republican talking heads continually offer nothing with regard to the reduction of either the deficit or federal spending while demanding that taxes on the successful must be raised. They don't offer compromise they demand total compliance. And yet, the American people seem to be embracing the belief that when what appears to be inevitable occurs, it will be the fault of the Republicans who repeatedly pass proposals which may be negotiable but are arguably constructive in the House of Representatives.

Now, with four working days until the new year, we have the Majority Leader of the Senate saying that he is not going to act on the proposal that will undoubtedly be passed by the House of Representatives. He tells the speaker to take it to the president. Apparently Sen. Reid has never read article 1 of the Constitution that describes the bicameral legislature. He seems unaware that the two chambers working together offer a balance in perspectives for enactment of national laws. He obstructs, refuses to act, and then continues to blame the house that puts legislative proposals before him.

Reid Goes Home Send Speaker to White House

If legislation and fiscal policy is handled by the House of Representatives and the Pres. we might ask Majority Leader Reid to pack up his tent and go back to Nevada. If he will not debate, if you cannot support his positions, if he will not pursue bipartisan action on the nations problems, there is really no rationale for continuing to support the United States Senate.


Anonymous said...

Insead of "...Republican talking heads..." did you not mean, "...Democrat talking heads..."?

bongobear said...

That little pissant Reid has the power to stop any legislation he doesn't like without any debate. There is something terribly wrong with that. I think it's a by-product of the professional politicians who stay in D.C. until they die. We need term limits in this country because that appears to be the only way we can get rid of worthless people like Reid.

Hippo said...

The idea that the ballot box is a term limiter just isn't working. We can't get rid of idiots like Reid and Pelosi. So perhaps we SHOULD consider kicking them ALL out after they have served two terms in the senate and six in the house. Twelve years at the trough is quite enough IMHO.