Letter to the Editor
For the last 4 years the Democrats have had the majority in the Senate but have complained because the Republicans have used the filibuster to block what the majority of Americans want. Today for the third time Democrats had the opportunity to fix the filibuster and they failed to do so. The Democrats who blocked reform are Max Baucus (MT), Patrick Leahy (VT), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Barbara Boxer (CA), Joe Manchin (WV) and Mark Pryor (AR). I also blame Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed and President Obama for failing to provide the leadership to make it happen.
I’m sure in a few days when the Republicans start filibustering everything again the Democrats will cry, “we can’t do anything because the Republicans are filibustering.” That is a lie! When Democrats have the chance to fix the problem and they don’t it makes it their fault – the Democrats fault! Just like the whole fiscal cliff deal, that was an artificial crisis created by Congress, this process is phony and it just gives Democrats cover to let the Republicans ave their way while pretending to oppose issues that they secretly support. I am particularly ashamed of my two senators from California, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein and on behalf of the sane people from California I apologize to the rest of America for allowing such nonsense to continue. And I say to the entire Senate – shame on you, shame on you, shame on you!