Republicans have blocked the agenda the change a majority of us supported in 2008, with unprecedented abuse of the filibuster in the US Senate. When change is finally legislated, it has to be watered down to get 60 votes, sometimes to a point of less effectiveness. This may be part of a strategy to demoralize that majority from voting this November.
John Boehner, House Minority Leader, calls for the repeal of financial reform and a yearlong moratorium on new regulations, to give big banks and big business “some breathing space”, as if the 8 years no regulation by the Bush Administration was not enough “breathing space”. Perhaps, the better analogy is they were “given enough rope to hang themselves” and the rest of us.
Sharon Angle, running against Harry Reid in the US Senate, blames Reid for the increase in unemployment. Then, she says it would not be her job as US Senator to create jobs. Congressman Peter King says Republicans should not provide a comprehensive plan of what they would do, if they had the majority, because the media would only scrutinize it.
The depression lasted 10 years, our current problems won’t be fixed in less than 2 years, but we are headed in the right direction. Those of us who supported change can’t wait to be inspired by a speech. We have to inspire ourselves to vote for continued hope this November and not let the voices of hate and fear take us backwards.