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