Government Gridlock

  • Aired:  11/15/12
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In Arizona, Al Madrigal discovers the cure for government gridlock, but supermajorities are not all they're cracked up to be. (4:43)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

THE ELECTION IS OVER!

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, AND THE BALANCE OF POWER IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT WAS BEFORE.

( LAUGHTER ) IS GRIDLOCK INEVITABLE OR IS THERE A SOLUTION?

AL MADRIGAL HAS MORE.

>> BY RE-ELECTING BARACK OBAMA AND LEAVING CONGRESS INTACT, VOTERS CHANGED BASICALLY NOTHING.

IT APPEARS WE'RE FACING YEARS OF INACTION.

BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

ACCORDING TO JONATHAN MILLER OF THE REFORM GROUP NO LABELS.

>> THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WASHINGTON IS GRIDLOCK.

WE HAVE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS EACH BEHIND THEIR OWN BUNKERS AND WE DON'T GET THE

WORK DONE THAT THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES.

>> WHAT WOULD DO YOU TO BREAK GRIDLOCK?

>> NO LABELS HAS A 12-POINT PLAN CALLED MAKE CONGRESS WORK.

>> YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ME LISTEN TO ALL 12 STEPS, RIGHT?

>> I WOULD LIKE FOR TO YOU LISTEN TO ALL 12.

>> OKAY.

>> STEP ONE, IF CONGRESS DOESN'T PASS A BUDGET, THEN THEY DON'T GET PAID.

SECOND, BE WILLING TO COMPROMISE WITH THE OTHER SIDE.

STEP THREE, WE WANT TO FIX THE FILIBUSTER, STEP FOUR--

>> IS $119 A MONTH TOO MUCH FOR A GYM MEMBERSHIP.

MEMBERS TO MEMBERS TO COME TO WORK FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

STEP SIX, QUESTION TIME--

>> I'M SORRY.

WHAT STEP WERE YOU ON?

>> STEP 6.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PRESIDENT COME DOWN TO THE WELOF CONGRESS--

>> WHAT IF I WERE TO TELL BUT THE MAGICAL LAND OF NO GRIDLOCK.

>> THE LAND OF NO GRIDLOCK?

>> YEAH.

>> I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

>> WELL, IT IS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

TIME FOR A CLOSER LOOK.

ARIZONA.

YES, AMERICA'S LARGEST GATED COMMUNITY HAS HAD NO GRIDLOCK FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, NONE.

AND IN 2011, THEY PASSED FOUR TIMES AS MANY LAWS AS CONGRESS.

THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED WITH AICISM LEGISLATIVE TOOL, ACCORDING TO STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SHAPEERA.

>> THE REPUBLICANS ARE ABLE TO PASS THE BILLS THROUGH PRETTY QUICKLY AND EASILY BECAUSE THEY

HAVE A SUPER MAJORITY IN BOTH CHAMBERS.

>> YES, A SUPER MAJORITY.

IT'S LIKE A REGULAR MAJORITY, BUT WITH A RARE SUPER POWER IT'S ABILITY TO TREAT OTHERS AS INVISIBLE.

WITH TWO-THIRD OF THE STATE HOUSE IN THEIR CONTROL, REPUBLICANS CAN PASS PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.

>> THEY PASSED A BILL THAT SAID THAT THE COLT 45 WOULD BE THE STATE GUN.

>> EVERY STATE HAS A STATE GUN.

>> I DON'T THINK THAT'S 2.

THERE IS A BILL THAT DEFENDS US AGAINST SOME SORT OF LIKE U.N.

INVASION.

>> THAT'S AWESOME.

>> NO, NOT REALLY.

>> SV1359 WOULD SAY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL DOESN'T HAVE TO INFORM A WOMAN DURING HER

PREGNANCY IF THE CHILD HAS A BIRTH DEFECT.

>> WOW.

IT'S JUST SHOWBOATING AT THIS POINT.

REALLY RUBBING IT IN YOUR FACES.

>> COULD BE.

>> IT'S LIKE ARIZONA REPUBLICANS HAVE ALREADY PUT THE NO LABELS 12-STEP PLAN INTO PLACE.

AND THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA COULDN'T BE HAPPIER.

THEY'RE CELEBRATING NONETHELESS STREETS, LIKE THIS PARADE FOR ANTI-IMMIGRATION LAW SV1070.

>> THE SUPER MAJORITY IS PAZZING ALL THESE LAWS.

IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED ( SPEAKING SPANISH )

>> NOW, MY SPAN SIR A LITTLE BIT RUSTY BUT WHAT HE SAID THERE IS HE APPRECIATES THE STREAMLINED

LACK OF GRIDLOCK HERE IN ARIZONA.

HE ALSO GAVE A SHOUT-OUT TO HIS GIRLFRIEND TINA.

HE'S SORRY HE HURT HER.

THE OTHER GIRL MEANT NOTHING.

AIRFARE TALKED TO 600 PEOPLE--

>> I THINK IT'S BASICALLY ( BLEEP ).

>> I REALIZED, MAYBE THEY DON'T LIKE IT.

HOLD.

WHAT IS THIS LAW?

>> IT WAS A BILL PASSED THAT ALLOWS LAW ENFORCEMENT IF THEY HAVE "REASONABLE SUSPICION" TO

ASK SOMEONE FOR DOCUMENTATION TO PROVE THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS.

>> SO IF YOU'RE BROWN, THEY CAN JUST PULL YOU OVER AND DEMAND PAPERS?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> YOU'VE GOT TO BE ( BLEEP ) ME.

EXCUSE ME.

HOLY ( BLEEP ).

I DIDN'T REALIZE THESE LAWS COULD AFFECT ACTUAL PEOPLE, LIKE ME.

IF EITHER PARTY GETS A SUPER MAJORITY IN D.C., WHO KNOWS WHAT HELL IT COULD UNLEASH?

CHICK-FIL-AS EVERYWHERE!

DRUM CIRCLES!

NO!

ARE YOU ( BLEEP ) KIDDING ME!

AAHHH!

( BLEEP ) YOU, 12 LABELS.

GRIDLOCK!

WE NEED YOU!

>> Jon: AL MADRIGAL, WE'L

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