It is finally official, former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken became Minnesota's newest U.S. Senator. With that addition, the Obama Administration now has a super majority of Democrats - meaning 60 - in the Senate.
Consider This: If history is a guide then this is not good news for America. And that does not just apply when Democrats are ruling the roost, that also applies when Republicans are in control. Take a look back over the past few decades and compare the years when either party was in control in Washington. The best of times were the years when the President was of one party and the legislative branch was dominated by the opposing party. That created a nice checks and balances system that does not always happen when either party has control of both branches of government.
We may not see this in our lifetime, but the best thing that could happen in Washington would be for a third party to emerge. Right now with a two party system the Republicans and Democrats are always in an adversarial position. If there were three parties there would be an effort to work together towards a better solution. There would be less conflict and more desire to build consensus. In one situation the Democrats may partner with the third party and in other cases it might be the Republicans who align with the other group. Today each party focuses on bashing each other rather than working towards a constructive goal. That does not create a healthy environment or result in the best government for the people of America.
With a Democratic majority in Washington we could be in for a rough ride for the next two years. If you need proof look no further than the history books for confirmation.
A fourth-grader at a school that took a direct hit from Monday's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., described the heroic actions of a teacher who saved his life and others by covering several students with her body to shield them from the storm.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:56:58 GMT
LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – A North Myrtle Beach man is in jail after he allegedly shot and killed a woman, then called 911 and waited for law enforcement to arrive, police officials state. At about 12:30More >>
A North Myrtle Beach man is in jail after he allegedly shot and killed a woman, then called 911 and waited for law enforcement to arrive, police officials state.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:06:57 GMT
South Carolina State Senate Chamber. Source: Billy Hathorn via Wikimedia Commons
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The budget debate in the South Carolina Senate enters week two. Senators are scheduled to resume discussions Tuesday on their state spending plan for the fiscal year that startsMore >>
The budget debate in the South Carolina Senate enters week two. Senators are scheduled to resume discussions Tuesday on their state spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:54 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:54:51 GMT
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – On Tuesday, the Horry County Council will discuss a deal that could bring a number of jobs to the area. The project is dubbed Project Valentine because it is still in-the-works,More >>
On Tuesday, the Horry County Council will discuss a deal that could bring a lot of jobs to the area.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:07:18 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The mild and muggy weather sticks around once again today, says WMBF News Meteorologist Marla Branson. We'll have enough humidity to spark some scattered showers and storms onceMore >>
The mild and muggy weather sticks around once again today, says WMBF News Meteorologist Marla Branson.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:10 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:10:22 GMT
MULLINS, SC (WMBF) - A teen boy is facing charges for an attempted kidnapping that seems ripped straight from the scripts of a film. The alleged crime was reported to police on Friday, May 17 from theMore >>
A teen boy is facing charges for an attempted kidnapping that seems ripped straight from the scripts of a film.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:36 GMT
A mechanical issue on a tanker truck has resulted in a fire on a truck carrying granulated ammonium nitrate at the intersection of S.C. Highway 39 and Rose Bud Lane in the Chappells section of NewberryMore >>
An evacuation order has been lifted after a truck carrying ammonium nitrate caught on fire in Chappells, according to Newberry County Sheriff's Office.