Senate Republicans demanded that nothing would be passed until they got tax cuts for the rich passed. Well, that happened. The marginally stimulative tax cuts for the 1% who make 24% of the total income in this country passed. Now they want to hold off on voting on the 2010 START treaty (a treaty recognized and approved by both Democrats and Republicans) and the government spending bill that keeps the government running. They claim they haven't had enough time to examine them. They claim it is disrespectful of the religious season. They say the government spending bill has pork in it. I call this bullshit. The fact is that the spending bill has as much Republican pork as any other. They've been playing politics for the last 2 years since Obama won the election. They started campaigning for 2012 the day Obama won his election, doing anything to keep the President accomplishing as little as possible. Stalling with filibuster after filibuster, abusing this procedure like no other party has ever.
I am pissed. I expect the people elected by the people to do the goddamn jobs they were elected to do. There is no reason to stall and delay START and the government spending plan other than to play politics, to make Obama look a little less effective. It is almost treasonous. It is definately petty and childish.
I will be working through the Christmas holiday supporting warfighters with the spacecraft I help operate. The servicemen and women around the world will be working 24/7 doing the jobs they volunteered to do in places most of us would rather stay away from. The Senate Republicans need to step up and do their jobs, quit playing games and pass these bills that keep the government running and make our nation secure.