Obama said Congress had its “most productive post-election period” in decades. “And it comes on the heels of the most productive two years that we’ve had in generations.”
It is not good when a large centralized government ruling over 50 sovereign states has a productive year.
Obama also said he was disappointed that Congress did not agree on an annual budget to fund government operations for fiscal year 2011, which began Oct. 1, and instead passed temporary extensions.
Their was plenty of time to pass a budget, instead they punted the ball down the field because of the Nov. elections. The Democrats knew if they tried to pass a budget prior to the elections they would have lost the majority not just in the House of Representatives but the Senate as well.
2011 - The power of the purse strings.
Article 1. Section Seven
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Confidence will not be restored to the U.S. economy until the bail outs and out of control spending ends. With the Republicans now in charge of the purse strings with control of the House of Representatives the test will come early for the 112th congress. Will the federal government continue to expand? If it expands with a Republican label or a bipartisan label it will only damage the Republican party. Is the Republican party too big to fail? My answer is no! They will need to fail if they can not do the job that needs to be done.
Understanding that the Republican party has control of only the House of Representatives will not excuse them for failing at the task at hand. The independent party will grow larger and larger and the Republican party will become a permanent minority party trying to cut deals with all sides until they become irrelevant. The Democrat party will always have a voter base that is stable due to more and more people becoming recipients of those who provide(the tax payer). The Republican party does not have that luxury and they will need to get the job done or be fired and yes replaced.
It may be that no party in Washington DC can fix anything, they can only make things worse. It will take individuals and local communities not relying on all that government promises that will allow us to be free.
Our government was established to protect our God given rights not provide them.