As we see with Republican efforts to scale back or do away with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the minimum wage, collective bargaining rights, and most recently The Affordable Care Act, any legislation that is passed can also be repealed. And the failure to pass legislation in one session of Congress does not preclude its passage in the next.
Sooner or later we may elect a Congress that will address our ongoing problems (most notably, unemployment, climate change, and rising health care costs) in a serious manner. It would be better to elect such a Congress sooner, rather than later, but doing so will not be easy. The K Street lobbyists work 24/7 to influence Congress on behalf of moneyed interests. We need to find, support, and elect representatives who can withstand the pressure.
If we were to embrace truth in advertising within the political realm, the Republican Party would be called “The Corporate Party.” The Democrats, at present, would be “Corporate Lite.” If we, the people want a party that represents the common interest and a Congress worthy of our approval, we need to force the Democratic Party to be true to its supporters.
This will require a three step process. First, give the Democrats solid majorities in both houses of Congress. Secondly, identify (and continue to support) the office holders who adhere to a centrist platform that addresses the problems we face in a pragmatic manner. And finally, replace those who don’t by finding and supporting honest and virtuous candidates who will uphold their constitutional duty to “promote the general welfare.”