Saturday, March 15, 2014

How to make governing harder, Obama style

Out of little olive branches and cooperation on noncontroversial things, trust can grow and we increase the chance of moving the country in a positive direction. The House GOP offered one of those olive branches by allowing a Democratic bill with only one Democrat co-sponsor to get out of committee and pass the House. Introduced on April 9, 2013, the House passed it on July 22, 2013 on a voice vote.

Harry Reid's Senate set fire to  that olive branch by not allowing the measure to come to a vote as part of a general unwillingness to allow House passed legislation to actually become law. President Obama, instead of asking for action on the bill, relieved himself on it by making the bill moot by accomplishing the bill's aims through executive action, saying "In my State of the Union address, I said that I would use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations."

All the Congressmen who spent time on this legislation, let it go through as Democratic legislation, and didn't give it a hard time have a nice little kick in the rear as a payoff. I expect this to generate a similarly arcane payback as the country spirals down the toilet.