Today I found out that not one single Republican in the house voted for Barack's Stimulus plan. Am I surprised… no. Am I disgusted… yes. What is it with these people? They claim to have the best interests of the nation at heart, but everything they do says they don't care about the nation, they only care about themselves. They complain that the bill was put together with no input from them and yet this is the same party, that when they were in power, would not let the Democrats participate at all. Let me remind you of an incident in which the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee was at the time, James Sensenbrener of Wisconsin. 1 Political journalist Matt Taibbi described the incident in a profile of the 109th Congress published around October 2006: "Last year, Sensenbrenner became apoplectic when Democrats who wanted to hold a hearing on the Patriot Act invoked a little-known rule that required him to let them have one. "Naturally, he scheduled it for something like 9 a.m. on a Friday when Congress wasn't in session, hoping that no one would show," recalls a Democratic staffer who attended the hearing. "But we got a pretty good turnout anyway." Sensenbrenner kept trying to gavel the hearing to a close, but Democrats again pointed to the rules, which said they had a certain amount of time to examine their witnesses. When they refused to stop the proceedings, the chairman did something unprecedented: He simply picked up his gavel and walked out. "He was like a kid at the playground," the staffer says. And just in case anyone missed the point, Sensenbrenner shut off the lights and cut the microphones on his way out of the room. And, this is just one of many instances when the Republicans were in the majority, in both houses, that they left the Democrats out of things. They don't deserve to be included in any way in the majority work that goes on in the Congress now.
Barack said in his inaugural speech that it was time to work together and put aside politics as usual. The nation is in a bad situation thanks to Republican ideals, and it is time that the Democrats take the reins and fix the problems with our economy. The American people have spoken and given us a majority in the Congress and a Democratic President to lead them, so now is the time to fix the problems and if the Republicans get in the way, run them over.
1 Jim Sensenbrener article from Wikipedia.org