MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Should The Congress Let the Democrats Have Whatever They Want?

December 8th, 2012 Viewed 1835 times

Capitol Place 2Rand Paul is in the news, with many others, that think that the GOP should just give the Democrats whatever they want, so they can own it:

I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let’s don’t be the party of just almost as high taxes.

[Real Clear Politics: Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes and then Let Them Own It]

Seems stupid to me.  You were elected to do what was best for the country, and if you believe the Democrats plan is not good for the country, shouldn’t you go down fighting?


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Little Known Senate Facts

January 5th, 2011 Viewed 1351 times

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During the first legislative day of the U.S. Senate, it only takes a simple majority to alter rules for the governing body.  Every day after that, it takes a 2/3 majority.

What I didn’t know was that the first day of the Senate could actually span months:

Today is the first legislative day, but there appears to be (at this writing) no consensus among the majority Democrats how to do this. Oh, my. The clock is ticking. Whatever shall they do?

Stop. The. Clock.

By recessing at the end of each day, rather than adjourning at the end of each day, the clock effectively stops because the Senate will still be on its first legislative day.

This is not a new trick. In 1980 when, according to CNN, the late Sen. Robert Byrd was Majority Leader he stopped the clock and kept the Senate on its first legislative day from January 3 all the way to mid-June. [CNS News: How a Bill Really Becomes Law]

As someone that likes all this process stuff, I find this fascinating!

Power Once Used Never Goes Back in the Box

March 3rd, 2010 Viewed 1748 times, 1 so far today

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When President Obama signaled his approval of using the Senate’s Budget Reconciliation process to push ObamaCare1 through the Senate, he is doing more than going back on statements he made about wanting this to be bipartisan.  He is doing more than misusing something that is in place for budgetary measures.

He is proposing used a tool in a way that hadn’t been done before, and setting a precedent for future generations of Presidents.

  1. President Obama’s Health Insurance Overhaul []

Congress Really Doesn’t Care If It’s Constitutional

November 29th, 2009 Viewed 2167 times

When a person is brought into an office in the Federal Government– from the President down to the Senators and Congressmen– they are administered an oath of office that includes upholding and defending the Constitution.  And it seems that’s the last time that they actually think about it.

After that oath, everything becomes all about what they can do– the power that they have achieved through their office.  It becomes about “what I wanted to do” and “what I tried to do” more than doing what’s best for the country.

Should Everyone Have a Vote?

January 15th, 2009 Viewed 2165 times, 1 so far today

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Yesterday we considered the Electoral College, but in order to fully appreciate the discussion, I think we need to look into the system that was set up by the Founders.  When we look at this question, however, we have to start with voting, and what we find may be shocking to some of you.

Where Do You Stand on the Auto Bailout?

December 15th, 2008 Viewed 1611 times

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This week, the U.S. Senate stopped the Auto Bailout bill.  This is the bill that President Bush worked with the Democrat leadership in the House and Senate to try to get passed.  This is the yet another time that the Republicans have stood on principle and have gone against their President and/or Presidential Candidate, Sen. John McCain.

I wish I lived in Oklahoma

July 29th, 2004 Viewed 1418 times, 1 so far today

It looks like there are time where good things happen to the right people at the right time.  Conservative values triumphed in Oklahoma in a man that would not make the end goal of his life to serve in the Senate.  When someone steps out to say he wishes to serve and voluntarily limits himself, and vows that he doesn’t just want to be a senator, but to change the Senate.

So, visit coburnforsenate.com and stand behind someone that is willing to fight for right!  And, if you live in Oklahoma, vote!

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.