I have been thinking about all the partisanship and our legislative process lately. We seem to be in a gridlocked pattern that is almost impossible to break. Washington is completely out of step with the rest of the country. Poll after pole tells us that we the people want them to get off their butts and do something.
Doing nothing in the U.S. Senate feeds the cynicism in the country which enhances the Republican view that government can’t do anything right. The filibuster is the latest major tool used to accomplish that task. All it takes now it for the representatives of about 10% of the U.S. population to shut down all activity in the legislative branch.
Congress used to work 45 weeks a year in the 1970s. They now are only in session for about 32 weeks. Last year set numerous records as being the least productive senate in our history. Only 2.5% of the bills submitted were even acted upon. When I think about this I get upset. There are so many things that need done. But then again maybe doing nothing is what is right for these times. We need to move both of our political parties back to the center. What it will take to do that is anybody’s guess.