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It's The Senate Stupid

Updated on April 19, 2012

The "Do Nothing" Senate

The Senate Didn't Get The Message

The results of the 2010 election and the message that was sent to Washington DC didn't sink in as it should have. The House of Representatives got many new faces and a dose of fresh ideas but the US Senate was allowed to remain in the role of Obama cheer leader and obstructionist. While the majority of my political commentary is aimed at Barak H. Obama I have never lost sight of the fact that when Obama rails at a "Do Nothing" Congress he is really referring to his Democratically controlled Senate. Harry Reid has no business being the Senate Majority Leader because he isn't a leader. He is a political hack and always has been. His view of being a politician has very little to do with the welfare of "We, the People..." It is skewed by his determination to continue the process where partisn bickering is paramount and the next election is what is important.

Below is a synopsis of one Harry Reid and what he considers to be the people's business. Bear in mind that we are now approaching 1,100 days without the Senate proposing, much less passing, a budget for our nation. During that time period the US Senate has been under the leadership of Harry Reid and the Democratic Party.

Get Your Priorities Straight Harry

What caused me to write this article is the recently released report issued from the Secretary of the Senate which describes the present US Senate as "the laziest in 20 years." As much as they have failed to accomplish they might seem productive if that is the yardstick for measuring success . Many of us saw this coming after the last election. We should have turned the Senate but didn't quite reach that goal. Not doing that allowed for what we are seeing now. The Senate's present function is to not play ball for the American people but to play some partisan political game at the expense of the American tax payer. The latest example was bringing to vote "The Buffet Rule" which was intended to be symbolic. Where is the budget?

Being an Independent I tire of the partisan horse dung that is going on in our nation's Capitol. This has become all about them and has little to do with us. Obama claimed that he was going to usher in a new spirit of bi-partisanship. It might have been refreshing, but he failed to produce. In fact he went the opposite direction for the first two years of his term. As he said, "Elections have consequences." Elections are about the voice of the people, not the voice of Obama who seems to throw a tantrum every time anyone says no to him. Even though he was told no about Obamacare he proceeded to cram it down our throats anyway.

The report says...

Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson issued the report that shows just how poorly Harry's Senate performed for the first session of the 112th Senate. It isn't pretty and it is really outrageous that we are paying these people the kind of money and perks they enjoy to do nothing except bicker, usually all in the name of partisan politics at the expense of the nation and the tax payers who pay them to be lazy, professional pick pockets. Since 1992 there hasn't been a less productive Senate.

The Senate spent 170 days in session and while in session averaged 6.5 hours of doing nothing. Harry Reid doesn't want anything to happen. Remember there is an election coming up and there needs to be reasons for the finger pointing about who didn't do what for who. Again at the expense of the nation and the US tax payer.

The job that we pay the US Senate to do is to pass laws. They have failed to do that properly under the leadership, or lack of it, of Harry Reid. He determines what gets to the floor and what doesn't. Cowboy Poetry Festivals and boxers seem more important than passing a budget. During the session in question the US Senate passed 90 laws and 402 measures. In both of those categories they came in ranking as the second lowest in 20 years. Was a budget one of those? You know it wasn't but I had to ask.

The Secretary is not in a position to comment on the statistics contained in her report. They speak for themselves. But it does offer a comparison dialing back to 2009 when the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate. What it shows is a loss in productivity and the ability to function as it should under Majority Leader Harry Reid. Comparing apples to apples shows us the following lack of effective leadership. This should give credence to the movement of "No Budget, No Pay." We seem to be paying our Senators not to do something rather than what they should be doing. These are supposed to be smart men and women and instead we see a bunch of dummies. We might as well have mannequins warming those seat cushions.

Maybe you're a partisan politics party type person where you need a political party to do your thinking for you. But what we are seeing out of the US Senate shows the inability of our Senators to think clearly and put the needs of this nation before themselves and their political futures. The Senate was off by 30% in bills even offered comparing this year to last year. Amendments dropped by 55% because Reid won't entertain them. There was a drop of 40% just in roll calls. Where were they? Where are they? Where is the nation's budget?

The present House of Representatives has sent over 120 bills, after passing them, to the US Senate and has sent two budgets to that body of "do nothings." Guess where they sit? On Harry Reid's desk because he is bound and determined that he will obstruct anything that can benefit this nation before the coming election. That is by design and not by chance. This is all about him, his pride and his party. It's total nonsense and it's time to change many faces in that body of the legislature and rid ourselves of people with that mentality. In all my years of watching politics I have never seen anything like what is going on, or not going on, in the United States Senate. Here's a memorable clip of the mentality involved here.

The Measure Of Good? Where's The Budget?

It's time, as we focus on the coming election, to not only focus on our "Do Nothing But Sling Partisan Mud" President but also to focus on imposing voter imposed term limits on the Senators who are more concerned with playing partisan politics than they are with being productive and doing those things that we, the US tax payer, pay them to do. They won't impose term limits on themselves so now we need to impose them ourselves and rid the halls of Congress of career politicians whose main interests are their own.

Do you hear that Harry? That will be my yardstick to measure what is "really good."

As Always,

The Frog Prince

Remember In November!


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      Darrell 5 years ago

      Harry Raid has nothing to be concerned about. He was reelected and by all accounts by fraud and desception. The least that will happen to him is to become minorty leader of the senaot.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      J Elaine - Being an Independent I have no platform other than being an American.

      The Frog

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      J Elaine 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Great hub fp, but I take exception to your remark;

      "Maybe you're a partisan politics party type person where you need a political party to do your thinking for you."

      I belong to a political party, but I don't need anyone doing my thinking for me. I belong to the party because I believe in the platform and want my politicians to follow it.

      That said, Harry Reid is a disgrace and should never have been reelected. Another poster child for Voter ID. My favorite excuse for voting Democrat - Because I voted Republican all my life and now I'm dead.

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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Vote with your Vote, Do a hub about it Natashalh! You are so correct.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Ugh, too true! What amazes me is the "it's not my guy" mentality many people have. Even worse are all the folks who complain about their leaders and then turn around and vote for the same guy again! I hear so many people complain about Lindsay Graham (one of SC's senators),, but then they vote for him year after year. Charelston, SC has had the same mayor since the 1970s and everyone whines about him all the time, but they keep electing him. This Congress is provably ineffective - people need to get out and vote with their votes, to make a new phrase.

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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Phdast7, You have won my attention. After that strong and truthful statement I will be following you!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We all have different political inclinations; we may belong to different parties and approve of and despise different leaders...but I believe the single most important statement you made Frog Prince was in the title. However much we dislike, distrust the president, whoever he is, he does not operate in a vacuum.

      They are not all-powerful (even if at times they think they are). Our government is an inter-locking system, a poorly working system right now, a broke and at times corrupt system, but a system nevertheless. It does no good to rail only at one president or the other, or one party or the other.

      Together, both parties and their elected congressmen and leaders, have created gridlock, misspent untold millions and billions of tax payer dollars (all the while getting wealthier themselves), and are more concerned with getting re-elected than they are on reasonable, substantive legislative and executive compromises that would move our country forward.

      I hold ALL of them responsible. Both parties can and often do hold the other party hostage and precious little that is constructive gets accomplished in Washington. Thank you FP for the opportunity to rant. and I want to repeat your title with a little tweak. "It's the Senate stupid;" and often its the Congress, too! SHARING

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Stu - It would be nice to have a federal budget and it's been a while since Harry doesn't approve of the idea.


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      Stu 5 years ago

      I guess there is one silver lining - if the Senate does nothing, it can't make things worse. :)

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      halfcord - Ted's interview with the Secret Service went well and they trotted off to the local brothel to celebrate.

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      halfcord 5 years ago


      After seeing how Harry rigged his next 6 years in the Nevada elections I find it hard to be positive about our future in the senate. These back-stabbing, terrorist loving, coward, leftist, un-American, traitors need a dose of Ted Nugent politics....each and every one of them! I volunteer to help.

      Each time I get a small glimmer of hope for the future of my grandchildren I see another EO from the halfbreed and I thank GOD I have the self control I didn't have 40 years ago when learned about, well, lets just say I don't need a call from the useless Secret Service about some stupid statement made in haste!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      As Frog referenced, the 2010 election was definitely stolen for Harry Reid. No doubt in my mind. There was a lot of noise made about it...for a few days after the fact, and then everything went silent. Greased palms? Laziness on "our" side? Blackmail? How about all of the above?

      Whispering Harry WOULD be in favor of boxers, of course. He and his brother were both Golden Gloves types as youngsters--and enjoyed the highly sportsmanlike practice of goading drunks as they came out of bars late at night, so they could beat them up.

      Which sums up his "leadership": Harry Reid is still doing nothing but beating up drunks. Must be. Repblican or Democrat, you'd have to be drunk to go along with most of his B.S.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Rodric - You just said it all right there.

      Margie - Thank you and I write to inform and try to stick to facts when I do my research. Facts aren't always pretty but they remain facts.

      FitnezzJim - In the case of Senators we elect, or reelect, one third every two years. Some have decided to retire rather than face the irate electorate in their state. Many of those you mentioned are likely to lose their seats this time around. Some lost their seats the last election and more will probably be replaced in 2014. The cycle will have run its course in that election. Obamacare is still very unpopular now that people are finding out what is in it.

      Senators seem to forget that they are there to represent their state, not some mumbo-jumbo political ideology.

      Parks - Good to see you drop in for a read old friend.

      The Frog

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading through the hub, loved your comment on the mannequins warming the seats. Thanks for the update on what's happening with the senate.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Well worth the Reed...Thank you Frog!

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Just one humble opinion here: Senators who voted for Health Care and then had their own States sue in federal court to overturn Health Care should be voted out. They directly cost their own states the price of federal level litigation, and brought lingering doubt and uncertainty to one-sixth of our economy at a time when our economy was trying to recover.

      They showed beyond doubt that their over-riding allegiance was to their party, and not to their State.

      Remember in November.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Great Hub, FP! As always...quite informative.

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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great hub and perspective. We need a congress to help the new president we will be getting.

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      simple-carpenter 5 years ago

      The Senate is not stupid...It's a have polititons helping their buddies in excange benifiting themselves. Think about it...Insider trading...etc.

      Check this e-mail i recived abought the keystone pipeling and the fraud our government has perpatratied on us. see below

      The Keystone pipeline was invisioned to bring crude oil from Canada to Texas cheaply. It was blocked by the president and congress. You have heard about it in the news. Also you have seen Warren Buffet on tv saying he doesn't pay enough income tax.

      IT'S ALL A LIE!

      Did I say that? YES I DID!

      Want to know the truth?

      Here it goes to the best of my ability, even though I'm not the smartest guy in the world, I can figure this one out.

      Ever wounder why a guy like Buffet would go on tv and say he doesn't pay enough taxes when at the same time his lawyers are in court fighting the US government over paying nearly one billion dollars in back taxes?

      That's $1,000,000,000.00

      Here is the story as I see it. Buffet is well liked and a good guy in general. The president wants badly to raise taxes. Buffet wants to make more money. If income taxes are raised it wont affect buffet, he pays capitol gains tax, not income tax. SO A DEAL WAS MADE!

      Buffet owns the Nebraska Burlington Northern / Santa fe Railroad Thu Berkshire Hiawatha. Buffet also supports/funds the environmental group that is fighting the Keystone pipeline. Also one of the Nebraska Senators or Representatives wife owns over one million to six million dollars worth of Berkshire Hiawatha stock. You have to figure out which one on your own if you really want to know, caus I'm not going to tell you. yes I do know who and where to find the info.

      The President said congress stopped the pipeline and there is nothing he can do. BULL!

      I believe it was a joint effort....

      Now how do you think that oil is going to get to the gulf?

      According to the state dept. It will have to be moved by train! Even though it would release more greenhouse gasses into the environment that the pipeline would, it's the only way.


      Please share this story with others...

      for more information check out the news story link below.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Harry Reid is a disgrace and the people who sent him back to Nevada must be brain dead, just like him.

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      Don 5 years ago

      Harry Reid, the original Broke Back Cowboy. How can we get rid of him with rigged elections????

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      There are two constants in life,death and taxes, but death doesn't get any worse whenever Congress meets. Well right now, neither do taxes. So maybe there is a plus side to this as well. Now if previous Congresses hadn't made the government to run on auto pilot it wouldn't necessarily be bad to be faced with a do-nothing Senate.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      and the media refers to the 'tea party' as morons.

      The Tea Party recognizes all of this, and are willing to step up and finally do something about it.

      Great hub Frog! point out exactly where the problem lies.


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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - It still makes me wonder how he was 4 points behind the day before the election and somehow won. There were many voting irregularities and his son, who was the Registrar, seemed to give it a wink and a nod. SEIU was servicing and setting up the voting machines. But of course there was no voter fraud involved.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      The people of Nevada should be ashamed for sending this flake, Harry Reid, to Washington. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid should be auctioned off as a three-piece set of misfits who do not belong in any government. One correct...Obama is not pointing his finger at the Senate but he should be. He is actually trying to sell the people of America on the idea that the Republicans gummed up the works with their 2010 success...he really would like to sell that. I hope we are not that stupid. Great Hub! WB