In this otherwise informative article of the challenges facing states that must reimburse the federal government for money they borrowed to pay unemployment benefits, writers Michael Cooper and Mary Williams Walsh reveal a stunning ignorance of what happened last election. To wit,

But the economy did not turn around in time and the new Congress, dominated by Republicans determined to shrink the size of government….

…Many advocates believe that the new Republican majority in Congress….

Someone needs to inform them that Republicans dominate the House of Representatives only. Congress has another house that once in awhile has something to say about legislation.

Maybe the reporters were giving us a de facto description. Democrats may be OK with the suggestion, somewhat justified, that even if they have a majority in the Senate they act like a minority, because if things don’t get better by next year, voters may blame the “Republican Congress.”

Posted in: NY Times.
Last Modified: January 15, 2011