Referring to the promises that President Obama made:  promises cannot be kept when a recalcitrant Congress, no, change that to an out-and-out obstructionist Congress, does not even pretend to compromise.  A broken promise is NOT a lie.  Even though the Democrats had a majority in the Senate for a time, it did not have a filibuster-proof majority. And add to that the Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, who vowed to make Obama a “one term president,”and do you have?  Nothing, absolutely no progress for the country.  The Republicans have demonstrated time after time that they are more interested in party politics than in getting the problems of this nation solved.

During the years the Democrats had a majority in the Senate - once by a one-vote margin - they had the 60 votes required to choke off a filibuster only for three weeks. No wonder President Barack Obama can’t get anything passed.  The sole purpose of filibusters is to obstruct the Democratic majority and the president, as Republican senators have admitted.  A senator’s first duty is to the nation, second to the state because what is good for the country is good for the state. It is not unusual for a Republican politician to sign a pledge to Grover Norquist to not raise taxes even as they file for election. Shame on them. 


Jerry Lujan, SaddleBrooke

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