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* Don’t you just hate it when journalists feel obliged to present “the other side” as if the two sides were equally balanced when often they’re not balanced at all … here Michael Tomasky provides the numbers to show the GOP deserves the lion’s share of the blame for the counter-productive partisan gridlock in Congress

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 10, 2011

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voting in the House

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Michael Tomasky writes for the Daily Beast (9/9/11) …

  • I’ve settled on four signal legislative achievements of each president and studied the roll call votes in each house on those eight measures to see what the numbers tell us.
  • The four Bush bills …
    • First Bush Tax Cut:  not much Democratic support—just three of 43 voting senators, and 13 of 210 voting House members; 7 and 6.2 percent, respectively
    • No Child Left Behind (NCLB): Democrats rallied to Bush here. Forty-seven of 50 Senate Democrats and 197 of 210 House Democrats backed NCLB; 94 percent in both cases.
    • Iraq War Vote:  28 of 50 Democrats backed Bush here, while 82 of 208 House Democrats voted yes. That’s 58 and 39 percent.
    • The Medicare prescription-drug bill : 11 of 48 senators backing the bill and 16 of 203 House members in support; 23 and 7.9 percent.
  • The four Obama bills …
    • The Stimulus: Three of 41 GOP senators backed it, and zero of 177 House members, for support levels of 7.3 and 0 percent.
    • Health Care: Zero of 39 senators and one of 177 House members; 0 and .6 percent.
    • Dodd-Frank: A little better! Three of 40 senators and three of 178 House members, equaling 7.5 and 1.7 percent.
    • DADT Repeal: Mon Dieu, a few votes! Eight of 39 senators and 15 of 179 House members, or 20.5 and 8.4 percent.
  • Here’s how it all adds up:
    • Average combined House and Senate Democratic support for Bush: 41.1 percent.
    • Average combined House and Senate Republican support for Obama: 5.75 percent.

41% of Democrats voted for signature Bush legislation

6% of Republicans voted for signature Obama legislation

  • I wish every American knew this. It would be a start for Democrats to tell them.

read the entire article at … http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/09/michael-tomasky-data-show-

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LMW COMMENT …

Don’t you just hate it when journalists feel obliged to present “the other side” as if the two sides were equally balanced. Well, often they’re not balanced at all. 

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2 Responses to “* Don’t you just hate it when journalists feel obliged to present “the other side” as if the two sides were equally balanced when often they’re not balanced at all … here Michael Tomasky provides the numbers to show the GOP deserves the lion’s share of the blame for the counter-productive partisan gridlock in Congress”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    Your arguments are weakened when you just repeat slogans without addressing the facts.

  2. Chris said

    Proof again its about power and control and not about the people.

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