Monday, March 11, 2013 | 2 a.m.
I, like most Americans, was led to believe our government is broken. Funny though, it hasn’t been this dysfunctional since the Harry Truman administration. We’ve had all sorts of partisan battles, but in the end, the government functioned. That was until Newt Gingrich and the right wing shut down operations in 1995. We are still dealing with that partisan fallout of Clinton versus Gingrich. Our government isn’t broken; Republicans simply refuse to negotiate, bargain or compromise.
It’s as if a spoiled child lost a game, took their bat, ball and glove, and had a temper tantrum on the way home. Never before have we had to deal with a party abusing filibusters to this extent. Over the past four years plus, Republicans conspired to stop almost anything from passing into law. Their leadership went from being moderate, reasonable people, to hair-on-fire radicals, screaming about how this president was destroying our economy and had no idea of how to keep the country safe.
Of course, none of that is true, considering the stock market is as high as it was before September 2008 and President Barack Obama had great success in killing off terrorists, including Osama bin Laden. In April 2012, Bloomberg Financial News reported there is a net migration of zero from Mexico.
Hopefully, Americans will come to see these facts and vote the obstructionists out in 2014.