Skip to main content

I think everyone should reread Joan's post on how we got here. It accurately describes how we ended up with the ridiculous spectacle we are witnessing. Someday in the future, somebody will read that piece and think to themselves, "This was a sign that Washington had basically become Constantinople."

Last night, the House of Representatives was actively working on a bill that would not even be brought to the floor in the Senate and would face certain death at the president's desk. But let's think about that fact for a minute. Is this the way American government is supposed to work? Seriously? Back room negotiations between the speaker and the president? Bills that are written up on the fly and go nowhere? Bills that never even get considered for a vote for the other body? Bills that are vetoed before they are even passed?

Think about this: Guess how many vetoes President Obama has issued. The answer is two. The average for presidents is 48. FDR vetoed an average of 53 bills per year and he never once had to deal with Republican majorities. President Obama has less vetoes than Warren Harding—and he was only president for four months! It seems to me the system isn't working properly when the president isn't seeing bills he doesn't like. That isn't a sign of a healthy separation of powers or checks and balances.

The Senate hasn't passed a budget in years. Bills that should be written the proper way, by the committee designed for the issue or policy, are not written in committee. They're written in backrooms by the leadership. Bills are not sent between the chambers for up-or-down votes. Filibusters stop even the most routine matters of business. The average Congressperson can't even write a bill, have it clear a committee, come to the floor for a vote, and then send it onward for consideration. This has gotten so bad, we can't even get conference committees established.

Now, as a result of all this, we have enabled a group of crazy people who have been given the power to cripple—literally cripple—the federal government itself. This, the richest most powerful nation on Earth, actually has to figure out how to do coin tricks in order to keep from default. What we are experiencing here is a general breakdown in the basic functioning of American government.

This madness has to stop. A good first step to repairing this godawful mess is cutting off any further negotiations with John Boehner.

Originally posted to Triple-B in the Building on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, SME in Seattle, RedDan, Mark Sumner, Pat K California, claude, leftcoastindie, Thumb, Alumbrados, paradox, Ed in Montana, Joe Bob, Sylv, chuck utzman, DeminNewJ, Garrett, coral, Bill in Portland Maine, Mogolori, Chi, filkertom, Radiowalla, jotter, hester, murphy, samizdat, copymark, dalemac, jneufnyc, Joan McCarter, badger, mjr, NYmom, Dave the Wave, theboz, patriot spear, surfbird007, TechBob, MouseThatRoared, Shockwave, Eman, Fishgrease, donna in evanston, SanJoseLady, OLinda, VetGrl, LEP, mslat27, rightiswrong, celdd, eeff, Duncan Idaho, HootieMcBoob, Richard Cranium, red moon dog, Bob Friend, Matilda, musicsleuth, jancw, expatjourno, dweb8231, Heart of the Rockies, mrfleas, RubDMC, agoldnyc, bronte17, Babsnc, kalihikane, blaneyboy, joe pittsburgh, chuckvw, shanikka, mkfarkus, chechecule, Dhavo, CanisMaximus, Ignacio Magaloni, Voter123, jjhalpin, PeteZerria, Iberian, CocoaLove, hopeful, sidnora, wader, revsue, SneakySnu, RLF, kharma, tidalwave1, psnyder, Ryvr, annan, minorityusa, figbash, Kentucky DeanDemocrat, Eyesbright, astronautagogo, chrismorgan, Steven Payne, defluxion10, chickeee, papercut, salinas, Timbuk3, riverlover, Brian82, outragedinSF, peterj911, ybruti, Sembtex, randallt, Hillbilly Dem, lonespark, xyz, lyvwyr101, Emmy, vacantlook, solesse413, jhawklefty, Josiah Bartlett, Sybil Liberty, xxdr zombiexx, Armand451, J Orygun, environmentalist, oortdust, weelzup, Dirk McQuigley, Los Diablo, humphrey, maybeeso in michigan, marina, radarlady, 3goldens, jrooth, denise b, greycat, Ckntfld, Nadnerb in NC, democracy inaction, irate, sap, Alice Venturi, Simplify, citizenx, basquebob, ChemBob, 1Nic Ven, stagemom, YucatanMan, Dobber, Laurence Lewis, Kevskos, reflectionsv37, ratzo, eru, owlbear1, majcmb1, Sun Tzu, Dem Beans, where4art, Steve in Urbana, kaliope, PinHole, Tunk, FindingMyVoice, turdraker, bunsk, Rogneid, peacestpete, Ekaterin, mightymouse, bently, xaxnar, Jim R, splashoil, Jim P, begone, Philpm, poco, snazzzybird, WereBear Walker, Keone Michaels, Kingsmeg, vigilant meerkat, cybersaur, Mr Bojangles, profundo, dopper0189, tonyahky, Gorette, cookseytalbott, mooshter, Dvalkure, victoria2dc, koNko, technomage, KenBee, dougymi, fromer, luckydog, Lefty Coaster, blueoasis, bren, NBBooks, praenomen, global citizen, StrayCat, real world chick, PapaChach, CTLiberal, sceptical observer, middleagedhousewife, hlsmlane, IL clb, CA Nana, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, fiddlingnero, blueoregon, kurt, SD Goat, shaharazade, Bernie68, bstotts, AllanTBG, Little, Palmetto Progressive, Aaa T Tudeattack, One Pissed Off Liberal, old wobbly, Sapere aude, Cronesense, Habitat Vic, hawaii2, Loudoun County Dem, Deadicated Marxist, Dartagnan, gloriana, puakev, TtexwiTyler, DvCM, terabytes, certainot, suejazz, mikeE, newpioneer, masslib, HCKAD, bluehen96, US Blues, Aunt Martha, cyncynical, AnnArborDem, jhop7, carpunder, pioneer111, Wreck Smurfy, Rumarhazzit, Chico David RN, GeorgeXVIII, leonard145b, Don midwest, Keith930, TomP, Empower Ink, gizmo59, rmonroe, MKinTN, End game, cynndara, rogerdaddy, also mom of 5, ratador, Captain C, Steve15, MikePhoenix, scooter in brooklyn, Foundmyvoice, Brian76239, Thomas Twinnings, crescentdave, Involuntary Exile, dadadata, bythesea, elwior, lineatus, KJG52, jamess, Therapy, tofumagoo, boatjones, RandomNonviolence, MrJayTee, smartdemmg, pickandshovel, Jeff Y, alnep, temptxan, Gemina13, petulans, Abe Frohman, Karl Rover, squarewheel, forgore, oldliberal, Fiddlegirl, wv voice of reason, dreamghost, MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel, maggiejean, lancecote, enemy of the people, multilee, pileta, cybrestrike, MufsMom, Dirtandiron, lostinamerica, ewmorr, don mikulecky, TheOtherJimM, Baldur, banjolele, CanyonWren, Mislead, Nebraskablue, maryabein, Partisan Progressive, Zotz, ebrann, jennylind, shopkeeper, mkor7, JesseCW, DefendOurConstitution, followyourbliss, Shelley99, Keith Pickering, IreGyre, stevenwag, sfarkash, astral66, Livvy5, winsock, Tommymac, Leftcandid, lovelyivy, collardgreens, Words In Action, Nalepoc, Railfan, Amber6541, Just Bob, bronxcharlie, CalGal47, commonmass, coppercelt, awcomeon, FogCityJohn, stegro, Captain Marty, eXtina, estreya, blueyescryinintherain, stunzeed, 4CasandChlo, Luma, Crabby Abbey, mookins, TealTerror, Simple, dagnome, tellthestories, gulfgal98, Sylar, samanthab, pixxer, elginblt, ItsSimpleSimon, DerAmi, albrt, Johnny Q, 4kedtongue, nirbama, Betty Pinson, DrTerwilliker, Floande, DirkFunk, Oh Mary Oh, ZedMont, fiercefilms, slice, Mac in Maine, translatorpro, no way lack of brain, annieli, renbear, Maximilien Robespierre, Barbara Marquardt, kerflooey, MidwestTreeHugger, allenjo, mama jo, kayak58, coquiero, pb3550, implicate order, La Gitane, Bodhisatva, AtomikNY, fisher1028, kevin k, deeproots, CoExistNow, mrsgoo, marleycat, PorridgeGun, Hohenzollern, zukesgirl64, Ricochet67, thomask, Wheever, BarackStarObama, muddy boots, gof, merrily1000, marianevans, jgnyc, TRPChicago, peregrine kate, whaddaya, bluedust, MinistryOfTruth, sound of progress, Imhotepsings, poliwrangler, Wood Dragon, FisherOfRolando, Deathtongue, SteelerGrrl, stlsophos, MikeBoyScout, jadt65, SouthernLiberalinMD, Apost8, grannycarol, Auriandra, allergywoman, Azazello, deltadoc, mikeVA, jellyyork, quill, hulibow, Thousandwatts, chmood, gnostradamus, anodnhajo, Cornbread Maxi, DeadHead, SparkyGump, angry marmot, Williston Barrett, Invictus88, TheLizardKing, pistolSO, greenbastard, Siri, ahumbleopinion, Eric Nelson, a2nite, Trotskyrepublican, xenothaulus, This old man, shanesnana, deweyrose, edebs, Mike RinRI, peachcreek, ivy redneck, BusyinCA, doroma, lunachickie, avsp, dotdash2u, Kayjay, wasatch, Marjmar, Melanie in IA, Robynhood too, Portlaw, CalBearMom, Hammerhand, Raven Song, Dumas EagerSeton, Lily O Lady, Chaddiwicker, klondikepm, nomandates, MishaBrewer, jbob, Late Again, remembrance, JayRaye, Boundegar, dear occupant, Says Who, 84thProblem, The Hamlet, SheilaKinBrooklyn, GwenM, Karl Boehm, MarEng, howabout, northerntier, Icicle68, bob152, IndyinDelaware, chicklet, Ishmaelbychoice, MBishop1, Mage11an, Catkin, WFBMM, skepticalcitizen, CalLawyer817, Blackhawks, aimwand, H E Pennypacker

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site