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The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?



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House Republicans 30%
Senate Democrats 28%
The leadership of both parties 42%


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Comment from Carl Thompson, (1/21/2014, 7:05 PM)

You didn’t have the obvious answer to anyone who follows what happened. The Republican House members couldn't get anything accomplished because they needed the Tea Party vote to get a majority. The Tea Party held them hostage with their "government is bad and must be stopped" philosophy. Many times John Boehner came up with a good compromise that the Tea Party flatly rejected. In the Senate, the filibuster rule was abused like never in the history of the United States to give the minority total power over the majority. This is not the intention of our founding fathers.


Comment from Will Fultz, (1/22/2014, 8:43 AM)

I really wish paintsquare.com would stay out of the political realm, unless it has a direct relationship to protective coatings. Reporting on the lack of funds for bridge and highway project is fair game. Conducting a poll on our current government and who should be blamed doesn't belong here in my opinion. By the way, what benchmark was used to label this Congress as one of the least productive in history? Even if it was unproductive, couldn't the many small business owners in our industry perceive this as a positive development if less regulations were passed in this Congress? Do you see where I am going here?


Comment from Mary Chollet, (1/22/2014, 9:34 AM)

Will, glad you asked. The “least productive” label was applied across the political spectrum. It refers to numbers of bills considered, bills passed, general floor activity, and even the number of negotiations held. The Washington Times, a very conservative newspaper, gave that Congress its lowest ranking ever on its "Legislative Futility Index," which tracks floor activity in both chambers. “There is less willingness to find common ground in things,” former Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, an Ohio Republican who resigned over the partisanship, told the newspaper. “We didn’t used to fight about everything, and today we fight about everything.” We at PaintSquare believe that federal action (and inaction) affects all of our readers every day. Thanks for weighing in.


Comment from Thomas West, (1/23/2014, 9:03 AM)

How about by pages of regulation?


Comment from Raymond Merrill, (1/23/2014, 1:56 PM)

To borrow from Thomas Jefferson, “That government is best that governs the least.” Accordingly, we should be very thankful that the 112th Congress accomplished so little. I shudder to think of worse things would be under a "do something,... anything" Congress. Sometimes, doing nothing really is the best option.


Comment from Stacie Olson, (1/23/2014, 2:25 PM)

I agree with Raymond, the current climate of "we need to pass the bill to know what is in it" is extremely irresponsible. Not to mention the fact that our goverment officials repeatedly pass lesgistlation that they do not intend to enforce and refuse to enforce legislation already on the books. On top of all that the bills that are passed are so full of special interest crap and pork that have nothing to do with the supposed intent of the purpose of the bill it is ridiculous. I much prefer a do nothing congress to one that passes bills that they do not even read or understand.


Comment from Andrew Piedl, (1/24/2014, 1:08 PM)

Its amazing to read Jefferson and compare his writing with those examples available to us today.


Comment from Jim Johnson, (1/24/2014, 7:25 PM)

What I see is one party that wants to spend soo badly they want to steal from my grand childs piggy bank. The other party says No, that is theft so I will not go along with it. If we were handcuffed together and you wanted to rob a bank and I did not want to, would that be stopping accomplishment? I hardly think so. I was thanking the Republicans for reducing wasteful spending, until even the Republicans left the average person out in the cold with the bloated budget they agree to, with the spending cuts they allowed to be given up and then they topped that off with an even greater bloated Omnibus spending bill. That bill was 1500 pages long, loaded to the hilt with billions in pork spending, then the Republicans brought the bill out late on Monday and insisted on voting it on Wednesday. Not one person was allowed to read and digest that bill. Boehner said that was a great game plan to limit objections. Meanwhile, the Democrats laffed their butts off on their way to my grand childs piggy bank..Hooray to the lobbyists and their pervasive bucks buying our votes!!


Comment from William Feliciano, (1/27/2014, 12:05 PM)

The attitude that little action is good because it reduces the possibility of "bad" decisions provides little solace to a nation facing so many serious problems. For both parties to face off constantly, with little to show for it, while the nations suffers joblessness, immigration issues, crime (both violent and white collar), poverty, public works deterioration, etc etc should be considered national negligence of the worst kind. I agree with Jim J. - lobbyist money has eroded the voting rights of American citizens.


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