For Second Term, Senate Rules Reform is the Only Way

With only one day until the election, and a presidential race still as tight as ever, the nation may or may not choose to give President Barack Obama a second term in office.

Voters may choose whether or not to re-elect Obama for a second term for all sorts of reasons, but there’s one thing they can’t pin on the president, the gridlock in the Senate.

Throughout his administration, the president has continuously met with opposition to bills aimed to help Americans get back to work. After all, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declared that his main goal was to deny the president a second term. As it turns out, he was willing to sacrifice millions of jobs to try to reach that goal.

Unfortunately for the nation, a large amount of good legislation died quietly in the Senate.

We elect Senators to represent our best interests. We expect that there will be some differences, discussions and compromises.

But in the contemporary Senate, manipulation of the rules by a few Senators prevents bills from even coming to the floor for debate. It’s a case of the majority being held hostage by the minority.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said it best recently. “Are we ready to become a country in which we say, ‘Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it’  becomes a winning argument?”

To his credit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has elected to pursue Senate rules reform when the new Congress convenes in January.

“We have to take a look to make this body more effective, more efficient and that’s what I’m concerned about, “ Reid said in a recent 60 Minutes interview.

It’s what the whole country he should be concerned about.