The following is a guest post bt Joseph Hall.
Republican Congress Disables Democrat Juggernaut through Selective Filibusters
A recent article in USA Today angrily decries the use of filibuster to help control the abuse of power and the economic excesses of the Obama administration that were freely exercised in the first two years of his term. In the article, “Senate politics shut down some federal agencies,” the writer details the new Republican strategy to curtail appointments to government agencies that do not effectively serve the needs of the American taxpayer!
The article reveals:
“Senate Republicans say refusing to confirm a nominee is the only recourse they have left after Democrats pushed through legislation without listening to GOP concerns about transparency and accountability.
Part of the problem is that Democrats have “created so many new agencies without Republican input,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “There’s a whole bunch of new nominees or confirmable spots to have a debate over.”
In blocking the president’s nomination of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dec. 8, McConnell said, “We are not going to let the president put another unelected czar in place.”
It was the important 2010 mid-term elections that provided Americans some relief of Obama’s “Big Government” love fest. For the first two years of his administration, Democrats held significant leads in the house and senate. The 60 member Democratic controlled senate was one of the president’s crowning achievements; he had achieved a super majority status in the senate. The senate was immune to Republican attempts to filibuster the president’s ever expanding view of government.
See “A Liberal Supermajority” (WSJ 2008)
Congress was able to do the president’s bidding, unfettered by Republican objections. The world lay at his feet!
Then, after the dramatic fall 2010 election, President Obama slyly signaled that the American voters had sent him a strong message. He conceded that he would have to rethink his strategy, yet he reneged on many of his promises. Obama continued to create more government agencies, and allowed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to stifle free trade and promoted the demands of unions to destroy the freedom of right to work to create competitive work-place environments.
See “How Democrats Hurt Jobs” (NYT, Op Ed 2011)
As the results of the 2010 vote seem to fade, Obama once again pressed the advantage he held for the first two years of office. He continued to make great demands for the continued growth of a suffocating “Big Government!”
Nevertheless, the Republican held house joined forces with their companions in the senate and began to work closely to ensure that the voter mandate of 2010 was not ignored by Obama. The president has grown quite sullen and irrational in his demands for absolute power. After all, a Republican revolt threatens his power plays that he envisions for the last two years of his first term in office!
The 2012 election season, January till November 2012, shows promise to be one of the biggest confrontations between Republicans and Democrats in the 236 years of American politics!
Now many traditional Democratic Party power groups are signaling that they are losing faith in the president’s chances for reelection! See Hispanic News, “Democrats have Lost Confidence in Obama”
“September 11, 2011 ― Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.
Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.
And in a campaign cycle in which Democrats had entertained hopes of reversing losses from last year’s midterm elections, some in the party fear Mr. Obama’s troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races.”
In a possible move of desperation, President Obama may try to make a senate recess appointment to the NLRB while vacationing in Hawaii. This would likely spark a yearlong battle for power leading up to the 2012 presidential election!
YouTube Video: “Obama Eyes Dangerous Game with Congress”
Contact information: Joseph Hall, Daymar Institute, Health Care & General Education