The Tea Party's Credit - Page 3
There is additional pathos in that current congressional behavior is nothing new.
Republicans in Washington have "a habit of becoming curiously deaf to the voice of the people. They have a hard time hearing what the ordinary people of the country are saying. But they have no trouble at all hearing what Wall Street is saying. They are able to catch the slightest whisper from big business and the special interests." That is what the president said — President Harry Truman, 1948, at a campaign stop in Denver.
Truman called the 80th Congress the "do-nothing" Congress, as some are now calling the 112th. As Truman put it, “I mean do nothing for the people, they did something for the special interests all right . . .”
The agenda of the present congress seeks to dismantle the Great Society, Medicare and the Voting Rights Act. The 80th Congress that Truman faced had an agenda too. Its objective was to dismantle the New Deal, Social Security and all federal financial regulations. They failed. However, they did not bring the country to the verge of a government shutdown, let alone to three of them in less than a year. It is little wonder that the 112th Congress has set new record lows for public approval. That credit belongs to the Tea Party.