The GOP Senators are refusing to confirm, or even consider, President Obama’s nominees to fill government posts overseeing agencies that they disapprove of. Starting during the Reagan presidency, Republican presidents appointed to office officials opposed to the agencies that they led. Now that a president wants to appoint officials who will actually lead their departments, the GOP in the Senate want to continue their campaign to make government ineffective from within. It is their hope and intention that the American people will not notice the causes of less effective government. They hope that US taxpayers will tire of paying for ineffective government and vote to shrink government to the point where Grover Norquist can drown what remains of government in a bathtub.