ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Independents, Reaping What You Sowed: The Tea Party Kept Their Promise: Gridlock in Congress (updated 2/28/15)

Updated on March 10, 2019
My Esoteric profile image

ME has spent most of his retirement from service to the United States studying, thinking, and writing about the country he served.

Standard & Poor's Headquarters


Well, What Did You Expect To Happen?

FOR THIS HUB MY CONCERN ISN'T WITH THE Conservatives or is it the Tea Party, instead, it is for the Independents who voted for the Conservatives and Tea Party candidates in 2010 (and again in 2014). All I can say is, "I hope you are happy".

You had plenty of warning what has happened over the last nine (now 42) months was going to happen; the candidates you voted for told you this was going to happen; they didn't keep it a secret. Senator McConnell stood up on camera and said that his primary goal in the next two years was to make sure President Obama failed as a President, which, by extension, means America must fail as a Nation (fortunately he failed in keeping his promise and the Nation improved despite his Party's best efforts; just not as well as it might have if the Conservatives had been on America's side during such a time of crisis.) Didn't you listen to every Tea Party candidate tell you they were not going to compromise? Where you somewhere else when they said that there was no way on God's green earth they were going to allow any increase in revenues other than through increased economic growth? Didn't you think they were serious when you voted for them? Well, they were.

And now we are suffering the consequences. I must say, I didn't envision a downgrade in our credit rating but now that it has happened, I can't say that I am surprised. Why shouldn't they? What they saw was the American voter put into office a set of politicians dedicated to bringing down the government if they didn't get their way. They said they would do that, in so many words, and that is what they have done. What Standard and Poor sees a major part of our electorate that lives by slogans rather than their reason. They see an electorate that thought President Obama was supposed to be a superman in 2009 and got revenge by voting in gridlock in 2010 when they found out he wasn't superman because he wasn't able to put 12 million Americans back to work inside of two years.

We have gone way off the path of a Great Nation and I don't know if we can find our way back anytime soon, if ever; it is really starting to seem like Rome is burning and the American people are just fiddling around.


ALREADY, LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER CONSERVATIVES assumed control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House, gridlock is taking hold. It started out inauspiciously for the House Republicans as Speaker Boehner had to fight back a rare uprising for his Majority Leader seat. This was followed by:

Bills Passed By House -

  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 3 - Authorize XL pipeline
  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 22 - Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (a bill to weaken ACA)
  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 23 - National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 (funds through FY 2017)
  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 25 - Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, (extends through 2020) - LAW
  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 30 - Save American Workers Act of 2015 (change ACA "full-time definition from 30 hours to average of 40 hours per week)
  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 33 - Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act (exempts, in certain cases, from ACA requirements) - Passed Senate, in reconciliation)
  • Jan 6, 2015: HR 37 - Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (seems to loosen regulation requirements of hedge funds for certain swap transactions)
  • Jan 8, 2015: HR 234 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) (directs intelligence sharing)
  • Jan 9, 2015: HR 240 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (Fund DHS and gut President Obama's immigration reform.) - Successfully filibustered by Democrats in Senate; replacement still pending.
  • Jan 21, 2015: HR 7 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (Attacks woman's right to choose and replaces bill pulled after revolt by Republican women)
  • Jan 28, 2015: HR 529 - To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes. (Repeal ACA)
  • Feb 2, 2015: HR 629 - America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (Makes permanent small business tax breaks.
  • Feb 4, 2015: HR 734 - Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2015 (Requires FCC to report every 2 years about the communications marketplace and identify geographic areas not covered by advanced broadband)
  • Feb 9, 2015: HR 810 - NASA Authorization Act of 2015 (Increases NASA funding to 2012 levels)
  • Feb 20, 2015: HR 2010 - STEM Education Act of 2015 (Requires NSF to give grants to alternative non-schools and reduces requirements to receive Master Teacher designation from needed a Masters to needing a Bachelor degree)
  • The House has initiated and/or passed many bills dealing with human trafficking

Senate Passed Bills

  • Jan 6, 2015: S 1- Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act - Vetoed

At this point in time (Feb 28, 2015) nothing of major national importance has made it through Congress and into law. The -

  1. Speaker Boehner beat back (and then punished those responsible) a rare attempt to deny him his Speakership
  2. Conservative attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks was defeated by the women in the Republican Party
  3. Republican attempt to by-pass regular order and direct approval of the construction of the XL pipeline was vetoed. (ed..note. I think PBO should have withdrawn his objections well before the vote after the last major legal hurdle had been resolved.)
  4. Conservative's attempt to stop PBO's executive action on fair immigration practices was successfully filibustered by Democrats. Senate willing to pass a clean DHS appropriations bill but House is not. A one-week, lol, funding extension was just passed in the House.

That's all folks.


Did You Blame The Tea Party and Conservatives For the Downgrade in America's Credit Rating in 2011?

See results

Who are You Going to Blame This Time Around if America's Credit Rating is Downgraded Further?

See results


Do You Tend to

See results


Are You

See results

© 2011 Scott Belford


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)