I am a life long registered Democrat. My father and both grandfather's were hard working Union members. I grew up a typical blue collared life. Not in poverty but still went without certain things many times in my life. In the past 8 or so years I have moved more towards calling myself an independent. Partly because my political views have become more centered, partly due to what I have seen as a growing gutlessness in the Democratic Party. I am so tired of them trying to be the "Party of the People" and make everyone happy. They have programs that they believe will work put them in place. The GOP has done this for a long time. Just ram it through Congress. If it fails then take the heat and accept the mistake. But let the programs be put into place and tried before we go changing them to appease the GOP minority. Heck if they want to filibuster by all means let them do it. If the policies don't work then in four years the voters will kick them out and bring in new people. That is how the forefathers wanted it to be. But if they work then we will be the party that saved the country. I know not everything the Democrats want to do will really work. And I am even worried at times about how left some things seem. But the point is they just need to DO something. Stop worrying about pleasing the GOP or worrying about what the GOP will say. The Democrats are the Majority party they need to start acting like it.
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