The 111th Congress received a smack down during the November election, and some have labeled them as the worst Congress in history, with a dismal 13% approval rating according to Gallup.
In November, the Democrats received a loud and clear message that Americans were disgusted. No Republican seats were lost, and ten new ones were picked up. Republican gains haven’t been this huge since WWII. Democrats lost across the board, from governorships and state Houses and Senates nationwide. Democratic seats held come January will be the lowest number since 1946.
Across the nation people rejected big-government policies as votes served as retribution for Congress’ blatant disregard and even disdain for the people.
Still, just as expected this ‘lame duck’ Congress has successfully ignored the people further, advancing its agenda before many legislators are sent home for good in January. They’ve passed the liberal bills repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for homosexuals in the military, and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 costing $4.5 billion and increasing the ever-heavy hand of government control over the foods we eat.
They also voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for two more years. Formally the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, it’s a “compromise” bill which will postpone some financial uncertainties for families and businesses a couple of years.
As part of the compromise, President Obama won the resurrection of the death tax as well as 13 more months of benefits for unemployed workers, totaling $57 billion. Clearly a win for the Dems, but they were rather angry with their leader for what they called “tax cuts for the rich.”
Today, the Senate passed the New START Treaty, a Congressional treaty with other nations to restrict America’s missile defense capabilities against foreign threats. This act strains the limits placed on Congress by the Constitution. Russia’s Prime Minister Putin has threatened another arms race if the U.S. didn’t ratify this treaty. Additionally, North Korea, Iran, and China are real threats to United States’ security and decreased missile defense leaves America vulnerable. Watch the effects of New START here: www.33minutes.com.
Net Neutrality is still on the chopping block, but is expected to pass during the lame duck session. It grants even more enormous regulation authority to the FCC and will stifle innovation and capital investment of our newest technologies.
On the bright side, Congress was unable to pass the massive Omnibus spending package containing thousands of earmarks and further weakening our nation with $1.1 trillion in more debt.
Further, The DREAM Act–amnesty for most illegal aliens residing in America failed to gain traction and died on the Senate floor. Congress should work to revise current immigration practices to make it efficient and ethical for people to live and work here.
Another light at the end of the tunnel is due to the 2010 Census, in which Texas gained four additional U.S. House Congressional seats. The bulk of the other seven states gaining seats are southern and typically conservative. Northeastern and Midwestern states are losing seats and all of this adds up to a hopeful outlook for the 2012 election.