The Des Moines Registerâ€™s Opinion Section on Sunday, July 3, 2011 featured a â€œProgressives Trifectaâ€ of half-truths and sophistry: Richard Doak â€“ What if the founders were around today? Donald Kaul â€“ My favorite 4th of July speech Dean Baker â€“ Keep Social...
Tom Harkin, Senator from Iowa, proclaimed Wednesday that Congress can proceed and pass Health Care Reform without the help of Republicans, or rather, despite Republican opposition.
While a more detailed examination of the bill that passed its first major hurdle in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will be forthcoming here, it seems to be worth the time to examine Harkin's statement as it strikes as a bellweather for our nation's future.
This is more than a review of the strictly partisan victory Democrats have achieved in Congress, with the 60 votes needed in the Senate to defeat most Republican efforts at stopping or at least slowing actions by Democrats that might normally be nuanced with even the threat of filibuster. It is about even more than the arrogance of those who hold sway in the Federal Legislature, Administration and perhaps in the next few years, the Judiciary.
It's about why a bi-partisan effort is sometimes, perhaps often, critical for real success.
Understanding this concept is essential to good government. Failing to understand it is what leads to the chaos we currently think of as government.
Neither of the major parties has [...]
Bruce McQuain, this morning at Q&Q:
Well thereâ€™s an agreement on the Generational Theft Act of 2009. The squishy middle has capitulated.
As expected, just enough Republicans have signed on to ensure its passage. Names?
Specter for one:
Which, doubtless, will be endlessly touted by the Democrats over the following two years. And, forever, for that matter, each time the amount of debt incurred by this mess turns up as a discussion point on online venues, or talking head programs.
The problem is obvious; it is what Bruce describes as the â€œsquishy middleâ€ . Iâ€™ve been telling you people for nearly a decade now that it is the centrists among us that are going to kill us off as a nation. If this [...]
Talking Heads: No visible means of support and you have not seen nuthin yet ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The House of Representatives today passed the Senate version of the $700 Billion Bail-out. For now, it’s over. Bush signed the bill shortly after the vote, and we have not...
Our US Senators have approved a version of the $700 Billion Bail-out Bill that provides some new features: New tax breaks for businesses Raising the FDIC deposit insurance limit from $100,000 to $250,000 Normally, I am all about tax breaks for businesses. I think...
Specter said Friday night that action was â€œvery necessary,â€ and this bill, though not perfect, is better than inaction.
â€œI think no one could argue with the fact that the situation would be much worse without this bill,â€ Specter said at a news conference.
And of course, Susan Collins is the other (and Olympia Snowe is also reportedly going to vote for it). Voinavich and Martinez bailed. Theyâ€™ll give this the veneer of bi-partisan legitimacy.