After 6 years of total control of the US House of Representatives and the Senate, Democrats have had trouble coming to the table since Republicans took over the House in 2010.
The voters spoke and elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives in 2010. With that majority, they were able to elect John Boehner as Speaker of the House. The divide in congress doesn’t sit well with the establishment Democrats who don’t understand the definition of “negotiate.” The Senate is still controlled by Democrats.
As a point of history, in George W. Bush’s second term, Democrats took over both the House and Senate, and maintained it during the first term of Barack Obama. During that first term, Democrats didn’t have to negotiate for anything, they just determined the agenda and passed it.
There has not been a budget from the Senate for five years, one reason spending is out of control. With spending out of control, Republicans are trying to bring some common sense to Washington. Yes, the government has shut down, but if both parties don’t come to the table, the stalemate will continue.
After six years of total control, Democrats have forgotten how to negotiate. A few points:
- The U.S. House of Representatives (Republican majority) passed four measures of funding the government to prevent a government shutdown. All were dismissed by Democrats in the Senate. Harry Reid didn’t negotiate once, while Republicans gave in four times.
- The House also passed bi-partisan measures to fund FEMA and the National Parks, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote. Again, he won’t help the country, instead, refusing to negotiate. President Obama has said he will veto any bills that come across his desk that fail to give him what he wants.
- The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has said, “I’ll negotiate any time anywhere, I’m just not gonna negotiate when they won’t let me have what I want!”
Democrats and President Obama are refusing to negotiate, even though the people of the United States elected Republicans to Washington to distribute control. They sound more like spoiled brats than officials elected to look after our national budget.
If you want your elected officials to work for you, pick up the phone. Call your Senators and Representatives and let them know how you want them to deal with their budget "crisis."