mikeandgerry wrote: ErikLaurence wrote:
Ummm.......congress makes the laws, John. Democrats voted in the FRA, not Republicans. Nice try, though.
It's not quite that simple.
While democrats certainly voted for the FRA, republicans did not fight it very hard.
The vote in the house was:
76 not voting.
27 not voting
In both houses there was more abstention than opposition.
But the larger issue, both with this argument, and many historical arguments of a partisan nature is that the core of the types of Democrats who voted for this legislation were southern populists. Most of those southern populists switched parties to the GOP in the 1950s and 60s.
It's never that
simple! The Republicans wanted a central bank, they just didn't want what they got. That's why they voted NV!
As far as populism goes, its been a common, recurring and sometimes significant thread throughout our two party system. It's that fractious "third party" that never really comes to be.
The "no votes" WEREN'T "abstentions". The backers of the the Federal Reserve Act knew what they were doing.
Look at the date it was passed.....December 23rd! Most of Congress had gone home for Christmas!
It was 1913. Even if you managed to hear about a vote, it's not like you could jump on a plane and fly to D.C.
And IIRC, the vote was taken near midnight to make it as difficult as possible for as many members as possible.