From Randall Hoven at American Thinker:
I’m going to play New York Times today and tell you what is newsworthy. Here then, are some news items to catch you up on 2009.
Politics. The President of the United States is a Democrat. Democrats hold 256 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives – close to a 60-40 advantage. Democrats hold 60 of the 100 hundred seats in the Senate – not only a majority, but a “filibuster proof” majority. Republicans on their own cannot pass or stop any legislation. Any legislation that happens, or doesn’t happen, is entirely due to Democrats.
Here is how the top Democratic leaders scored in 2007 according to the National Journal. Barack Obama (now President) was the most liberal Senator. Joe Biden (now Vice President) was the 3rd most liberal Senator. Harry Reid (now Senate majority leader) was the 9th most liberal Senator. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, was the 20th most liberal Representative (top 5 percentile) in 2006. The entire Democrat leadership is the most liberal of the liberal in government. These same Democrats have run both houses of Congress since 2006.
Legislation. So far, here are the big things the Democrats have done legislatively in 2009: pass a $787 billion stimulus bill and a $410 billion omnibus spending bill to finish off the 2009 fiscal year. Both were passed in February. The 2009 deficit came in at over $1.4 trillion, the highest deficit ever in dollar terms, the highest deficit as a fraction of the economy since World War II and more than triple the 2008 deficit.
Here are some things the Democrats have not done yet.
• Pass a budget for FY 2010.
• Pass health care reform.
• Pass cap & trade legislation.
• Get rid of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Each and every one of these could be passed with Democrat votes alone, or any combination of votes that loses fewer Democrat votes than is gained from Republicans.
Regarding the FY 2010 budget, President Obama did propose one. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it would more than double the 10-year cumulative deficit over what it would have been under existing legislation. That is, it includes about $5 trillion in additional deficits that were not inherited. And that assumes the recession ends this year, and includes neither health care reform nor cap & trade.