Things Today’s Congress Would Reject

(As he did last year, The Curmudgeon is taking off the rest of August for a little R & R. While he’s gone he’ll fill this space with encore presentations – okay, reruns – of some of his favorite past posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He’s doing this so you won’t forget him because despite all the bravado and bluster he’s one pretty insecure fellow.  During his absence the serialization of Taking Care of Business will continue every Sunday. The Four-Eyed Curmudgeon will return the Tuesday after Labor Day.)

(The Curmudgeon, in case you hadn’t noticed, takes a dim view of politicians – especially Republicans serving in Congress.  How dim?  See below.)

Think it doesn’t matter which party controls Congress?

Think again.

Because it does.

Republicans control Congress these days, and that means that any proposal, any bill, has to pass Republican muster. Here are a few things that, in The Curmudgeon’s view, today’s Congress would certainly reject:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Declaring war on the Nazis in World War II
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
  • The Marshall Plan
  • The 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote)
  • The Highway Act of 1956 (authorizing federal funding for construction of the interstate highway system)
  • U.S. funding to help build the Panama Canal
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (outlawing child labor)
  • NASA and the space program
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • The 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery)
  • The Bill of Rights (freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, and others)
  • The 15th Amendment (forbidding denying the right to vote based on race)
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