Give Biden credit where credit is due
Vice President Joe Biden said at a Florida fundraiser Sunday that the 60-seat threshold for passing legislation in the Senate put a dangerous new roadblock in the way of American government.
"As long as I have served ... I've never seen, as my uncle once said, the constitution stood on its head as they've done. This is the first time every single solitary decisions has required 60 senators," Biden said. "No democracy has survived needing a supermajority."
Despite that dire warning, Biden said he's "optimistic" the country will appreciate the administration's accomplishments: "The American people are very smart, and we'll demonstrate by November that the project is working."
Who, exactly, is standing the Constitution on its head. It's not the Republicans. We're more than willing to WORK with Democrats on passing important legislation. What we won't be is part of the rubber-stamp Congress that's all in favor of passing the president's radical, left-wing -- nay, socialist -- agenda.
Taking over car companies? Banks? Mortgage lenders? And now health insurance? This isn't an American agenda. This is the agenda of a far-Left radical that thinks he can undo 233 years of history in America. The Founding Fathers and Framers NEVER would have stood for or supported this sort of action, legislative or otherwise.
Before now, we have never needed a supermajority to pass the majority of legislation from the US Congress, but now we do. Why? The Democrats campaigned on NEEDING 60 senators to be able to enact their legislative agenda so they could bypass the opposition on every level. That's a fact, folks. Look back to the election of 2008, and look at how many elected Democrats stated they needed sixty votes to pass the president's agenda. In 2002 and 2004 President Bush said he needed a majority int he Senate to be able to pass his judicial nominees out of the body, and onto the federal bench. It was ONE issue. The rest of the time we were more than willing (to a detriment, some would say) to work with Democrats on a variety of legislative matters. That's how the Congress is supposed to work. Then, Democrats did everything they could to block judicial nominees -- MORE than qualified nominees. We needed the votes to break that log-jam.
Now, the Democrats need a bunch of yes-men -- rubber-stamping know-nothings -- to pass an agenda that the American people are wholeheartedly against. The majority of people didn't like the bailouts. They sure as Hell don't like the government being involved in the car and banking industry. And, by God, they are against the government's attempted seizure of the health insurance industry. If the Congress were serious about real reform in the health insurance industry, there'd be no need for a supermajority. They'd be in favor of it, provided it was serious reform. But what's been proposed isn't serious. It's a sham; a ruse to lull people into the sense that the government knows what's best for us.
They don't. They never have. This reform is no reform. We wouldn't need sixty votes int he Senate every time a bill is passed if the damn Democrats would quit locking out Republicans in the creation of legislation, and the negotiations thereof. But they have, and now the Democrats are reaping what they have sewn.
Biden's right: The constitution is on it's ear, but it is not due to Republicans.
It's because of the petty crap from his own party.