In case it hasn't been obvious that the Republican party is more interested in their party's well-being than the country's, here's some more information for you. The Republican party has filibustered more than at any time in history. This means that our Senate doesn't even get a chance to VOTE on important issues.
In case you're not good at reading charts, simply look at the trends for filibustering. Look at the last three lines, where the Republicans were the minority, and thus the ones calling for a filibuster. You'll notice that the term the graph uses is "cloture", not filibuster. That's because the old days of Strom Thurmond reading the Bible for 24 hours, thereby stalling until after the vote was to be called. Now the minority party simply threatens
to filibuster, and thereby ending the whole process without the actual stalling. The reason the Democrats cave in to the cloture instead of forcing the actual filibuster is that, were the Republican party to actually filibuster every measure they oppose, we'd never get a single vote settled. Even though this Congress has gotten very little done, were they having to deal with 15-hour filibusters on every vote, it would have gotten even less done.
And let's not forget the Standard's & Poor reducing our credit rating down from AAA for the first time in history. They even warned us that unless we raised the debt ceiling they would be forced to do this
. So what did the Republicans do? They held American hostage. And don't think I'm being hyperbolic in saying this was a "hostage situation." Just ask Mitch McConnell
“I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting,” he said. “Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.”
So here's the main question you need to ask yourself when you go out to vote: do you really want to vote for a party that believes that holding the country hostage to advance their party's policies rather than doing what's right and doing what's best for the country as a whole?