To your first q, I do not know (and am too lazy to look)...but not having a supermajority is not really a good reason to not do anything about the problem. It's not like prices weren't spiraling upward in the 1990s and early/mid 2000s. Yep, had to get that in there. I think not doing anything about it while in power and then complaining when not in power is kind of bogus. I am sure there are dem issues you can dig up that are similar. I might even agree :laugh: Medicare might be a problem; don't necessarily disagree, but I look around the world, particularly at Japan of which I have some knowledge about and see them doing more for quite a bit less (of the gpd) and think to myself (as I asked gatordowneast) "why can't we?" We are still a great economic power and we still have an embarrassment of riches relatively speaking and should be able to do it as good or better than the rest of the world.