Don't look now, but Tuesday, April 14, 2015, was a good day for American democracy. Buds of bipartisanship offer signs that the legislative process is coming back to life after years of dark and depressing political gridlock.
For decades, one of the core principles of the Republican Party was that the government should be less involved in making decisions for the populace. Unfortunately, the actions of Republican legislators suggest that this principle only applies when Democrats are the ones making the rules.
In the radio version of Father Knows Best, the patriarch was an arrogant potentate. He would say, for example, "What a bunch of stupid children I have!" That is how Republicans have always regarded workers. Now they've revealed they feel the same way about CEOs.
Forced to choose between the recommendations of the US military and the extreme views of Senators Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint, enough Republican senators are going military to win Senate approval of the New START treaty this week.
Clearly the allegiance of the Republicans who opposed the loan to save GM and Chrysler is not with the US, which would lose 900,000 jobs if just GM closed, and more than 2.1 million if the Big Three did.