Proof That Conservatives are Math-Challenged

Take this comment made by Senate Minority Leader Mich McConnell:

“Let me just give you a little recent history,” said McConnell. “If you were an advocate for increasing taxes, I think you’d agree the easiest way to try to get that done would be to draw the line at people making $1 million or over,” said McConnell. “$1 million a year or over! Surely that would be something you can get through Congress, right? Well, we had that vote in December, when there were 59 –59! — Democrats in the Senate. That was the Schumer proposal. They had a majority in the House, and 59 senators, and a president who wants to raise taxes. And yet five Democrats voted with us against the Schumer proposal. They could not get a tax increase on people making $1 million and up through a Congress that they had overwhelming control of. I think I can safely say this Congress isn’t going to raise taxes. So why are we still talking about it?”

This is the meme I continue to hear amongst Conservatives when they want to blame Democrats in general and Obama specifically when it comes to the state of our union.

“The Democrats had super majorities in both the House and the Senate, so they are to blame for why we are in the situation we are in – if they were so good, they would have had everything fixed by now,” they say.

They seem to ignore the pesky fact that the House passed all sorts of legislation that was designed to help get us out of this crap, and they sent it up to the Senate where it languished and died because of the arcane rules in that body which allow a minority to completely stop legislation that would have easily passed if only they followed a “majority rules” program as was intended.

McConnell ignores the fact that while there may have been a Democratic majority of 59 Senators,  five of them would have easily been considered Conservative but only ran as Democrats thanks to Howard Dean’s “Fifty-State-Strategy.”  Sure, they voted against letting the Bush tax cuts die, but that still left a fifty-four vote majority of Democrats who would have voted away those tax breaks if only the Republicans wouldn’t have threatened a filibuster.

This is what Republicans refuse to acknowledge:  they have changed the game to where it is the minority who calls the shots. not the majority who are backed by the majority of people who put them there.

It is no wonder people stayed home in 2010.  Nothing was getting done, and that which was, was only done because of some major capitulation on the part of the majority.

The Right didn’t take back the House because Americans didn’t approve of a Progressive agenda, the Right took back the House because nobody showed up to vote.  The general consensus was, “why bother?”