Both parties have taken obstructionist stances in the past, but the Conservative party has finally gone over the cliff.
The larger issue here is obstructionism.
[The GOP’s] aim is less to govern than to cause gridlock. That’s not true of everyone — the House speaker, Paul Ryan, seems to have genuine aspirations to legislate. But to be a Republican lawmaker today is too often to seek to block appointments, obstruct programs and shut down government. Politics becomes less about building things up than about burning them down.
The party of Lincoln is now the party of “No,” refusing even to invite the president’s budget director to testify on an Obama budget, as is customary. Congress is expected to accomplish next to nothing this year.
I love the author’s recommendation:
Just as we have work requirements for some welfare recipients, maybe it’s time to consider work requirements for senators.
The Party of ‘No Way!’ http://nyti.ms/20WtDio