Democrats changed House rules to prevent them from making a hard decision every party has had to make since the first party has lost control of House

Even liberal David Broder finds the rule change troublesome.

When the rules of the House of Representatives forced the Democrats to confront a painful choice among their leaders, they did what Democrats are often inclined to do. They changed the rules.

Usually, such a stunt would matter only to the members affected by the change. But this one sends a dangerous signal at a crucial moment, when both parties are being tested on their willingness to respond to the lessons of the last election. This is a disquieting development. . . .

Instead of having four people in the formal leadership of the House, the Democrats should have three -- a minority leader, a deputy or whip, and the chairman of the Democratic caucus.

It has always worked this way whenever an election shifts control on the House between the parties. Someone on the losing side loses his leadership job. . . .



Blogger PBR said...

Dear Mr. Lott,

I apologize for presenting a subject unrelated to your post, but I have a question.

In this book I am reading, titled "A Framework for Understanding Poverty", I've found a mention to the article below:

"The changing realities of family life" by Nicholaus Zill, Aspen Institute Quarterly, Winter 1993, vol 5, Nbr 1, pp 47-48

In it, the author states that several federal programs have made a difference in poor children's lives, namely, food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Chapter 1 and equal opportunity efforts.

I was wondering if you had a chance to examine such claims about the success of these federal programs to see if they're accurate.


11/18/2010 8:57 PM  
Blogger Mike aka Proof said...

Their inability to make the hard decisions is what led us into our current financial mess.

11/18/2010 11:58 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear PBR: Thanks for the question. I haven't read the paper that you refer to, but there is an excellent book by Edgar Browning that goes through a variety of welfare programs in a detailed way: http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Each-Other-Welfare-Americans/dp/0313348227/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290287260&sr=1-1

11/20/2010 4:09 PM  
Blogger TooMuchTime said...

This is nothing new. In 2000, the democrats lost the presidential election and tried to change the rules about counting votes.

In the history of this country the hand-off of power after an election was not always a happy and smooth one, but it was understood that it would happen. That changed with Al Gore's loss in 2000. Now all close elections are under threat to be decided by the courts. That's bad.

11/22/2010 11:44 AM  

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