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How to Dismantle a Legislative Majority

Congressional Democrats think Americans want what they’re selling.

12:00 AM, Jul 1, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
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Writing about the Seidenberg speech, the Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel said the business community now suffers from a serious case of “buyers remorse” when it comes to Democrats in Congress

Democrats argue we can get the economy humming again if more people get government employment. That’s an unsustainable and misguided goal.

CNBC’s Jim Cramer concurred Monday saying, “With no employment growth, and a fear that Washington’s anti-stock agenda will crimp the earnings of all kinds of companies across the board, the sense of doom and gloom, the Jimmy Carter-esque malaise, is almost palpable."

Stock market jitters and volatility this past week support that verdict.

Yet it’s more than just the legislative substance that bothers independents, business leaders, and others.  It’s also the congressional style. House Democrats typically pass every major bill on near party line votes.

Strategies like this may thrill Democratic partisans, but it leaves a majority wondering why the process is so divisive and polarized.

Slowing down and building more consensus would improve the Democrats’ approval numbers.  Yet that would mean modifying their agenda, a set of programs they want to enact before voters take away these politicians’ shovels in November.

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