GOP hasn’t passed any­thing mean­ing­ful yet

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Lately, I have read sev­eral let­ters to the edi­tor that say the cur­rent prob­lems in our gov­er­nance are all the fault of Democrats.

Pres­i­dent Obama’s health care bill did noth­ing but get the health care in­sured rate up to where more peo­ple were in­sured than had been in years. It was not per­fect, but was a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment. The econ­omy was on a slow but steady im­prove­ment and did noth­ing but get the un­em­ploy­ment rate down.

If Obama was not at fault for the cur­rent prob­lems, then it was Hil­lary Clin­ton’s fault. Be­ing a Demo­crat, I thought I had bet­ter do some re­search also. Guess what I found out? It seems like in the last elec­tion, last Novem­ber, a Repub­li­can pres­i­dent was elected. Repub­li­cans also won both houses of Congress. Af­ter the elec­tion was over, a Repub­li­can lawyer was nom­i­nated to fill the va­cancy in the Supreme Court, va­cant since be­fore Obama’s sec­ond term was com­pleted — and the Repub­li­can Se­nate re­fused to honor his nom­i­nee. This gave the court a Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity.

Since the Repub­li­cans now have com­plete con­trol of gov­er­nance, they have not been able to pass any mean­ing­ful leg­is­la­tion. Their leg­isla­tive ef­forts have been con­cen­trated, not on mean­ing­ful ac­tion, but on try­ing to re­move any ev­i­dence that Obama might have done some­thing right.

Our cur­rent pres­i­dent’s great­est con­cern seems to be that he lost the pop­u­lar vote in the elec­tion. His cred­i­bil­ity is a joke. He has set a new record for fab­ri­ca­tions that may last for­ever. In­tegrity and ethics are un­known terms to him. The Repub­li­can Health Care Bill, promised to be the great­est piece of leg­is­la­tion ever con­ceived, one that would in­sure cov­er­age for all at less cost, was ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated by all. When it came out, care­fully crafted by a se­lect com­mit­tee of 15 Repub­li­can gen­tle­men, it was im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous they had never heard of the Hip­po­cratic oath “first, do no harm.” The Oba­macare sta­tus took a gi­ant leap up­ward in pub­lic opinion.

I would sug­gest that the avid re­searchers go back and start over and see if they can find any­thing the cur­rent Repub­li­can Party has ac­com­plished “of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple” in the last six months. I could use some good news, like in the good old days.

Wil­liam C. Watts, Leonard­town

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