Yesterday, the 114th Congress was sworn in, and what seems to be the impending battle of GOP vs Obama is already starting to play out.
First up, it looks like we’ll have to do the whole Keystone XL pipeline thing. Honestly, I don’t see the impending need for the pipeline at the moment. Crude oil prices are dropping, rail and truck shipments have handled the movement of the oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast refineries, and the bottom leg of the pipeline has opened, relieving the bottleneck of crude oil in Cushing, OK.
Then, as part of the new rules passed, the Republicans added language to reauthorize the Select Committee on Benghazi. I think this is committee number 9 or so to investigate this one incident. I’m not completely naive to investigations, and I like the idea of thoroughly investigating security issues to see what went wrong to ensure we don’t make the same mistake twice. However, when you get to the 7th, 8th, or 9th investigation of a single incident, it ceases to look like a hunt for the truth and takes on the appearance of a witch hunt. Furthermore, the GOP erodes their own credibility in my viewpoint because they appear to not believe, agree, or accept their own previous investigative results. If you don’t believe your own investigation, why continue after several attempts that came to the same results?
We also have the Democrats now playing complete minority party. It will be interesting to see how things go in the Senate where they just lost their majority status. Will they become the party of NO? Or, will they simply sit back and let Obama veto everything that Republicans try to undo?
No matter what, I don’t see this Congress making any improvements over the previous one. If that one was called the “Do Nothing Congress”, I don’t know what we have in store for us. My only solace is knowing that America has survived this long, going through so many different disasters. Two more years can’t destroy us if the previous ones didn’t.