We are near the end of Obama's first 100 days of his second term and what we have to show for it is nothing. He has wasted it in a tilting at the Gun Lobby and energizing the Republican base when he could have addressed gerrymandering, voting rights legislation and prosecuting the banks for crimes during the run up to the credit crisis. Instead, we have seen the surrender of the Democrats to business as usual in the Senate rules regarding the filibuster, the stripping out of the banking reforms, weakening of the SEC, failure to appoint and seat judges and cabinet members and a continued war effort abroad and assassinations. We can only be comforted by the delusion that we are better off than had the Republican been elected instead. With all the noise that has been created about the military guns out there and the clips and types of ammo, the clearest criticism is from the NRA and Republicans, if the present laws were enforced there would be fewer guns in the hands of people who should not have them. The point that is missed by the Democrats here, is that any new laws will have to be enforced, that means money, who will give the money? Where will it come from? Certainly the House will not allocate it. Without eliminating gerrymandering that has given the Republicans control of the House and numerous state legislatures, nothing will change and you need judges to enforce laws as well. It is almost as if people in the Democratic party really do not want the Republicans out of power.
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