INTRODUCTION: STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
President Obama is not going to be able to do the things he needs to do on the economy and any number of other things as long as we have a Republican Congress refusing to cooperate on anything that might make him look successful. Let's start with this 2011 quote from Mike Tomasky:
In an earlier time, in normal times, when legislators used to behave the way legislators are supposed to behave, the minority’s leaders would have brought the price tag down, made the majority and the White House agree to something they wanted—peeling back one of those EPA regulations the Republicans hate—and we’d have had a deal. The minority would never have confronted the very premise. It was a priority of the president, which used to matter, at least sometimes, and more persuasively than that, the minority would have actually paid a bit of attention to those polls showing the American people backed this.
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