What Has Congress Ever Done for Us?
By David Henderson
I’ve been catching up on Wall Street Journal issues that piled up over the summer. One particularly good unsigned editorial (the Journal calls these “Review and Outlook”) was the July 19 (July 20 print edition) editorial titled “What Has Congress Ever Done for Us?”
Here’s a slice:
The talk radio crowd has so fed the narrative of GOP “betrayal” in Washington that even many Republicans believe Congress has accomplished nothing since they took the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. The truth is that while the GOP Congress can’t match the Romans [in the Monty Python skit about what the Romans have done for us], it has achieved far more than the critics claim.
Here are some specifics:
Start with everything the GOP Congress has prevented. Universal pre-K, gun regulation, a $15 national minimum wage, an ObamaCare bailout for insurers, equal pay regulation, more disclosure of campaign donations, “free” community college, a new “infrastructure bank,” closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, among many others. President Obama proposed each of those, often more than once, but they vanished faster than Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign thanks to the GOP Congress.
Other than preventing the closing of the Gitmo prison, these were good accomplishments.
Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, often talks about “low-information voters.” He uses the term as a putdown of people who generally vote Democrat. That many of his listeners don’t know about these accomplishments suggests that they also are low-information voters.
Of course, that’s a problem with the political system in general. People simply have little or no incentive to get information.