During this past week the debt ceiling was raised and a government shutdown was ended after 16 days of political rhetoric and hand-wringing. The attempt by the radical right wing of the Republican Party to defund the Obama administration’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was a complete failure. The Tea Party Caucus of the minority party held the federal government hostage over this one issue — at least initially — and they walked away with nothing and at the end of the day.… [Read more]
Tea Party ideologue Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced his resignation last week to take the reins at the conservative Heritage Foundation from longtime head Edwin Feulner. Feulner’s poking into seven-figure compensation easily means the quitting junior senator won’t be slumming off a measly $175,000 government salary next month.
The notorious South Carolina filibustering obstructionist should have Heritage Foundation staffers ordering a pallet load of Rolaids.… [Read more]
This week the US Senate proved to every American it is fractured. The defeat of the United Nations Treaty, which would have given to people with disabilities around the world, the same protections people in this country have under the Americans with Disabilities Act, was an act of defiance by 38 Republican senators.
Ex-Senator Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP standard bearer, was in the well of the Senate giving his support of the Treaty but that did not sway the Republican senators who voted no to the measure.… [Read more]