The hallmark of our Congress during the Obama administration has been its do-nothing status. As a result, public approval of Congress is near single digits. As noted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, in a commentary column (“Destroying the Senate — and Our Liberties,” Aug. 1), the Republican-controlled House has passed and sent to the Senate 338 bills on important issues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, refuses to bring these bills to the floor for debate, much less a vote. Our Senate and House of Representatives are supposedly known as deliberative bodies, but that moniker has been swept away by the Democratic majority leader through his roadblocks and his changing of procedural rules that have existed for decades.
On top of this Democratic intransigence, compromising with Democratic President Obama is a dead end, as Mr. Obama’s idea of compromise is “my way or the highway.” Encouragingly, even though protected by a sycophantic media, polls show a huge disapproval of Mr. Obama’s leadership, with 55 percent disapproving of the job he has done and 64 percent who think our country is on the wrong track.
With his telegenic manner and bully pulpit, Mr. Obama accuses Republicans of refusing to work with him on many issues, including immigration, the economy and more. In truth, Republicans are more than ready to sit down and hash out real centrist solutions to many of the serious problems that our country faces.
A very dangerous element at work here that allows Mr. Obama and the Democrats to get away with their intransigent behavior is biased media that allow these tactics to go unchallenged. If it were not for the The Washington Times, talk radio and Fox News, much of the misbehavior would go unmentioned to the voters.
Even with the liberal media protecting Mr. Obama and the Democrats in Congress, the public sees the results of Democrats’ leadership and will make the appropriate changes in the upcoming elections in 2014 and 2016.
CHRISTOPHER S. MOODY