Republicans Can’t Pass Bills

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Republicans Can’t Pass Bills

David Brooks
JULY 21, 2017


There are many different flavors of freedom. For example, there is freedom as capacity and freedom as detachment.

Freedom as capacity means supporting people so they have the ability to take advantage of life’s opportunities. You encourage your friend to stick with piano practice so he will have the freedom to really play. You support your child during high school so she will have the liberty to pick her favorite college.

Freedom as detachment is giving people space to do their own thing. It’s based on the belief that people flourish best when they are unimpeded as much as possible. Freedom as detachment is marked by absence — the absence of coercion, interference and obstacles.

Back when the Republican Party functioned as a governing party it embraced both styles of freedom, but gave legislative priority to freedom of capacity. Look at the Republicans’ major legislative accomplishments of the past 30 years. They used government to give people more capacities.

In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, which gave disabled people more freedom to move about society. In 1996, Republicans passed and Bill Clinton signed a welfare reform law that tied benefits to work requirements so that recipients would develop the skills they need to succeed in the labor force. In 2003, Republicans passed a law giving Americans a new prescription drug benefit, which used market mechanisms to give them more control over how to use it.

These legislative accomplishments were about using government in positive ways to widen people’s options. They aimed at many of the same goals as Democrats — broader health coverage, lower poverty rates — but relied on less top-down mechanisms to get there.

Over the past few decades Republicans cast off the freedom-as-capacity tendency. They became, exclusively, the party of freedom as detachment. They became the Get Government Off My Back Party, the Leave Us Alone Coalition, the Drain the Swamp Party, the Don’t Tread on Me Party.

Philosophically you can embrace or detest this shift, but one thing is indisputable: It has been a legislative disaster. The Republican Party has not been able to pass a single important piece of domestic legislation under this philosophic rubric. Despite all the screaming and campaigns, all the government shutdown fiascos, the G.O.P. hasn’t been able to eliminate a single important program or reform a single important entitlement or agency.

Today, the G.O.P. is flirting with its most humiliating failure, the failure to pass a health reform bill, even though the party controls all the levers of power. Worse, Republicans have managed to destroy any semblance of a normal legislative process along the way.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/opinion/republicans-bills-fail.html
Hmmm...the party of "No!" becomes the party of anarchists.
 
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Dec 2013
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This is a good thing.

The government should focus on getting rid of the restricting laws that we already have not implementing more.
 
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What happened?


Jeesh,


The Great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964–65. The main goal was the elimination of poverty and racial injustice. President Johnson first used the term "Great Society" during a speech at Ohio University, then unveiled the program in greater detail at an appearance at University of Michigan.

New major spending programs that addressed education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation were launched during this period. The program and its initiatives were subsequently promoted by him and fellow Democrats in Congress in the 1960s and years following. The Great Society in scope and sweep resembled the New Deal domestic agenda of Franklin D. Roosevelt.


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...ociety&usg=AFQjCNG-f22xn_WCC1SyMphnWFkv3ZrtEg
 
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Actually, the Republican led Congress and Trump white house has led the way in signed legislation. Its just not the legislation the losers wanted.
President Trump has signed more bills into law than last four presidents by this point: Report - Washington Times
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/signed-legislation?field_legislation_status_value=0

Another misleading titled article brought to us by king cherry picker.
At this point in their presidency, FDR, Truman, Carter and Clinton had signed more bills than Trump, He's tied With HW Bush.

What that number doesn't make clear is that the bills Trump has signed did not contain any major legislation. They were bills renaming Federal buildings, and minor stuff like that.

So far Trump has been a nothing burger...
 

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