In part one of what is sure to be an ongoing series of ‘no governance but our governance’ or NGBOG (which I coined earlier), Senate Republicans figured they didn’t need to actually have won a Senate majority to claim a mandate and demand that they’re in charge. The New York Times outlines the facts (it’s worth reading the whole article):
Not even 24 hours after President Obama met with senior Republican Congressional leaders and expressed hopes for a “new dialogue,” renewed partisan fury engulfed the Senate on Wednesday, as Republicans threatened to block any legislation until a deal is reached to extend the expiring Bush-era tax cuts, potentially derailing the Democrats’ busy end-of-year agenda.
(In case you’re not aware, the Republicans are fighting to extend the tax cuts to couples with more than $250,000 in annual income or individuals earning more than $200,000, which is the richest 2% of America. Democrats and Republicans have already agreed to extend the cuts to everyone else.)
There are a lot of things I could say in response, but it really boils down to this: today I feel that there something really wrong with our country and it’s been getting worse.
(Thanks to Mom for the link.)