Political pundits have, correctly in my opinion, dubbed the 112th Republican-controlled do-nothing Congress as one of the worst in the nation's history. Thomas Mann and Norman Orenstein explain why in their book "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism:"
The Republican Party "has become an insurgent outlier - ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the center of American politics, it is extremely difficult to enact policies responsive to the country's most pressing challenges."
In other words, the Republican party has been taken over by the extreme right wing better known as the Tea Party. Note that the Republican Party in the House introduced 6,088 bills ranging from deregulation, dismantling the EPA, repealing Roe vs Wade and the Affordable Care Act which are designed to take us back to the policies of 1920 that led to the Great Depression. Fortunately, most have been tied up in committee or killed by the slim Democratic majority in the Senate. If Romney is elected, these regressive policies will come to fruition.
If we are to rebuild the ever-shrinking middle class and stem the increasing number of Americans falling below the poverty line we must not only reelect Obama but give him a Congress he can work with by not only regaining control of the House but, thanks to the Republican abuse of the filibuster, a solid 60-vote advantage in the Senate.
Gene Rigelon, Front Royal