The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Militant Moderate

March 10, 2010

Broken government

(Continued)

 

His “principle” sounds good, of course, not adding to spending without dropping some other equal amount.  However, his actions appear hypocritical, since he has repeatedly voted for other personally favored expenditures not paid for or balanced, including huge outlays.  Last week, a republican senator from Kentucky held up a bill stopping unemployment compensation for a half-million stressed people, Medicare payments for thousands, as well as halting highway projects and salaries of thousands of staff.  The entire Senate, the whole Congress, and the whole country were frustrated by his irresponsible actions. 

 

This senate rule seems to shift government from a rule by democracy to “rule by arrogant kooks.”  Such a rule has no place in our democratic government.  If we are going to fix what is actually broken about government, then we need to start by ridding ourselves of such rules. 

 

This writer is not sure what can be done when one political party in unison decides to be uncooperative and obstructive in the democratic processes of our legislative branch.  It is uncertain just what can be done when an opposition party decides to abandon the interests of the people in order to prevent the functioning of government in the hands of the elected majority party.  Their obvious goal is to create an impression of inability and incompetence in the majority party, and thus to recapture power for themselves. 

 

Only an intelligent and informed citizenry can keep such tactics from succeeding politically.  Do we have such in America?  That remains to be seen.  Our voters have already shown themselves far too vulnerable to political con artists.  We can expect better, but not with great optimism. 

 

Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard, AKA The Militant Moderate

 

Text Only
Militant Moderate
  • Mugwump on Arizona

    How many of us one-time history scholars recall the term “mugwump?”

    May 12, 2010

  • Gleanings frm cyber world

    Some of the material encountered in cyber space, either floated or directed by messaging, is quite airy, amusing, or really funny.  Other material is quite inspirational.  Still other gleanings prove to be informative and educational. 

    May 6, 2010

  • The good, bad and ugly

    The bad and the ugly in state politics have been readily observable to the Oklahoma public, and lately even to the nation at large.  But the good has been more difficult to discern within the Oklahoma legislature.

    April 29, 2010

  • Tea Party Enigma

    April 26, 2010

  • Militia: Near and Far

    Recalling anti-tax rhetoric of the past

    April 20, 2010

  • Dr. No

    A few doctors give the impression that they think they are gods.  Nearly everyone has known one or two.  It appears that Oklahomans may have one of those as U. S. Senator. 

    April 13, 2010

  • The fringe of the tea wagon

    Two fringe movements have been spotlighted in the news lately.

    April 7, 2010

  • All Tea Party

    “We are all Tea Party here,” declared Sarah Palin appearing with John McCain at a recent rally supporting his re-election as senator from Arizona. 

    March 30, 2010

  • Health care myths

    Who has not heard the Republican rhetoric about the health care proposals in Congress?

    March 17, 2010

  • Broken government

    “Our government is broken,” say some politicians and pundits.  If indeed this condition exists, then its “breaking” must have been an event.

    March 10, 2010