Do you care? If you don’t, I wouldn’t bother reading this article. But I think it is important to know what our neighbors to the north think about us since they are more progressive in their approach to issues like gun control, consumer rights and health care than we are. Considering just those aspects of
’s government, you would be right if you assume their attitude toward American politics is that 2011 was, as they describe it, a year of “lowlights.” Canada
It was soon after that a Republican controlled House decided that it would block anything the Obama administration did just for the purpose of insuring that he wouldn’t be a two-term president. The dysfunction commenced and lasted right down to the last day of December, 2011. GOP House Speaker John Boehner was quickly reigned in by the radicals of the Tea Party, led by Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, and remained under their thumb until the end of the year.
The Keystone XL pipeline from
produced a flip-flop on the part of Obama, just when environmentalists thought they had won a major battle. The President decided to allow earlier consideration of the project when the GOP became obsessed with its approval because of their claim it would create jobs. Critics think Republicans did harm to its eventual passage by their insistence that it be included in the tax relief bill. Canada
And then there was the birther controversy over whether Obama’s birth certificate was valid. Canadians considered Donald Trump the “crackpot” he is when using the issue to discredit the President. Even today there are still two fruitcakes pursuing this stupid theory after the President already provided evidence of his birth in
. There was also Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tweeting photos of his genital to a woman. A Democrat from Hawaii , he first denied, then admitted what he had done, and the resigned in disgrace. New York
House Speaker John Boehner gets the nod as the “weakest political leader’ due his complete lack of control over the Tea Party in the GOP caucus. He simply could not deliver the votes ending up in a loss of credibility with the White House, Democrats, even Republicans in the Senate. It almost seemed at one time that Boehner wanted to work with President Obama on a range of issues, but then the Tea Party jerked him back to reality through moves by Eric Cantor.
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