In response to jri37's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
I'd criticize Obama for not exercising effective leadership, but he also had to deal with a Republican Congress that was purposefully obstructionist even at the cost of doing damage to the country. This "fiscal cliff" issue is largely the result of the Republican Congress's irresponsible behaviour when it came to raising the debt ceiling in 2011. They pretty much forced Obama into a choice of going off the cliff then or going off the cliff this coming January. Obama is hardly to blame for the mess America is in and only partially to blame for not getting us out of it. The Republicans deserve a lot of the blame for the policies that contributed to the 2008 financial collapse and for the inability of the country to move forward since Obama was elected.
Obama deserves strong criticism for not being a forceful leader at a time when good leadership is needed, but Republicans are completely dishonest when they try to deflect all blame on to Obama. The Republicans have acted deplorably, putting their political agenda way above the country's health.
Are you saying that the Republicans have an agenda and the Democrats don't?
Like i said in a previous post these guys are only doing the bidding for whomever shows them the cash.
There are roughly 17,000 registered lobbyist in DC that have spent around roughly 30 million that has been documented over the last 10 years. It would be inetresting to know the number of "Lobbyists" and the dollars spent that are not documented over the same time frame.
The Republicans have a clear point of view (and therefore a clear agenda). The Democrats don't. You are right, though, that much of what actually happens in Congress happens behind closed doors where lobbyists and Congress critters of either party make deals.
In terms of the "agenda," US policy was dominated by the Democrat's agenda from FDR through Carter. Since Reagan, it's been the Republicans who have dominated. Prior to Reagan, the country and the Republicans essentially accepted the FDR vision and the Republicans just tried to tweak it to be more palatable to their worldview. Since Reagan, the country and the Democrats have essentially accepted the Reagan vision, and the Democrats have just tried to tweak it to be more palatable to their worldview. This has been a Republican era, with the Democrats playing second fiddle. The Democrats deserve to be reviled for their impotence; the Republicans deserve to reviled for whatever has happened as a result of their power.