1/4/11, "Slowing down Congress," RedState.com by hogan
"How can it possibly be bad to have mechanisms in place that slow down Congress?
In the 111th Congress, there were 4059 bills introduced in the Senate, and 6561 bills introduced in the House -
- resulting in 342 laws enacted.
In the 110th Congress, there were 3741 bills introduced in the Senate, and 7336 bills introduced in the House - resulting in 460 laws enacted.
This all the while - gasp - the rules of the Senate require 60 votes to shut off debate before proceeding to a matter or voting on it, often
- referred to as the filibuster.
So, what’s the problem? Does anyone in America - besides the arrogant Democrats in Congress who have been engaged in an unprecedented power grab since being handed a historic defeat by the American people last November -
- honestly believe that Congress needs to pass more legislation?
Do a better job? Sure. But MORE? Of course not."...
A commenter suggested this philosophy isn't confined to Democrats which is true. How would Congress spend its time if not adding new legislation? It will take a decade of work to undo the mess created in the past 15 or 20 years. Cancer takes time to cure.