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Milligan Hay - Iowa d:^)
Veteran Advisor

Political Revenge

Lame-Duck Session: If the majority party loses one or both chambers this fall, what could beaten and embittered Democrats do to the nation before the next Congress is seated? They could actually make things worse.

In the nearly two years since voters entrusted them with both the White House and Congress, Democrats have been pedal to the metal with their hard-left agenda.

They've forced nationalized health care on a country that didn't want it, enacted toxic financial changes, extended jobless benefits into eternity, taken over General Motors and Chrysler, and emptied the public fisc in a failed attempt to stimulate the economy.

But several more items remain on their wish list. Still outstanding are a cap-and-trade global warming law, a value-added tax, union card-check legislation and yet another stimulus.

Should the Democrats be voted out of their majority, it will be even clearer than it already is that the country wants no part of their force-the-country-left agenda. But would that message be strong enough to persuade the Democrats to back off their ambitions? Would they, out of spite on their way out, pass still more laws the people want no part of?

It seems that those who've seen the Democrats in action close up think so. Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, has written a resolution that would effectively prevent Congress from assembling "on or between the dates of Nov. 2, 2010, and Jan. 3, 2011, except in the case of an unforeseen, sudden emergency requiring immediate action from Congress."

Price has also set up an online petition to stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from calling a post-election session, even though he believes one will have to be called to pass budget bills.

"The question is," Price told cnsnews.com, "whether or not (the session) will deal with huge issues that are very controversial with the American people or whether or not (Democrats) are going to do those things before the election so the American people can make a decision based upon those votes."

Price has good reason to think the Democrats will throw a tantrum on their way out. White House energy and environment adviser Carol Browner said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that an energy bill — likely cap-and-trade — could "potentially" be brought up in a post-election session.

Browner should be reminded that lawmakers are representatives of the people who put them in office. If they are told by voters to back off an agenda, it's their duty to retreat.

Ramming through contentious legislation after they've been asked to leave is not only rude; it also goes against everything their party name is supposed to stand for.

14 Replies
bruce MN
Veteran Advisor

Re: Political Revenge

Such drivel. With the filibuser in play in the Senate, they have no effective majority now.

How would it be any more so after Nov. 8?

Would it be that some retired or defeated Republicans might cross over and help in so long as they knew they weren't coming back?

Where do you or  Congressman Price get the idea that it would be any different in a post election session?

kraft-t
Senior Advisor

Re: Political Revenge

This has to be the height of idiocy. Our representatives are elected for a term of office. It begins on one specific date and ends on another. No one should expect their power to end before the expiration of their terms.

 

This is one more silly attempt to justify republican obstructionism. They not only have shut down the senate for the past 18 months but now want support to shut down congress before the democrats term has matured. It's just plain stupid logic.

 

Now as to whether the democrats are voting against the publics wishes, they are voting and governing for the most part according to the wishes of the people that elected them. While indeed some democrats are disappointed in the accomplishments of this congress, we are well aware of the obstruction  the right has thrown up at every turn.

 

But be assured Mr. Milligan, your crew should they be elected will not assume power until the current congressional term is over. To think other wise is simply ludicrous.

 

 

 

 

BA Deere
Senior Contributor

You`re on to `em, Craig

The left does have a sorched earth policy, especially with this Kleenex, throw away, lame duck Obama. Obama has acted like a lame duck since he took the oath of office on the Koran. He doesn`t intend to be re-elected, just drown us with gays and Mexicans. What could happen is, we take the trash out November 2nd. Republicans solidly win Both Houses, hold down Obama`s quest to destroy the Nation. By 2012 things start looking a little better because of the Republicans.......buut Obama gets the credit, just like they give Clinton credit for "budget surpluses". Then the amnesiac public foolishly rewards Obama with aa grasp ah second term  Smiley Sad Plus throw in a few new Dems and hello gun control!!!! When Obama rahmed  through healthcare with 70% of the people hating it, that shows he`s a Kleenex President!!   

Milligan Hay - Iowa d:^)
Veteran Advisor

Re: Is Congress Ashamed of Its Record???

Election '10: Earlier in the year, congressional Democrats were gushing about their historic legislative achievements. But if they've done such great things for the country, why aren't they campaigning on them?

It was only in May that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared, "Health care reform is my proudest achievement in Congress." Now it's America's long, hot summer of discontent, and pride in their legislative record is the last thing Democrats want to campaign on as they face a popular uprising and the possible loss of their House and Senate majorities.

"In an effort coordinated with the White House," the Los Angeles Times reported Monday, "congressional leaders are urging Democrats to focus less on bragging about what they have done — a landmark health care law, a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulation and other far-reaching policy changes — and more on efforts to fix the economy and on the perils of Republican control of Congress."

In other words, never mind what the Democrat-run Congress has been up to for four years, and never mind about the "Change We Can Believe In" Americans have experienced courtesy of President Obama during the past two years. Let's try to blame our failures on the long-gone Bush administration. Let's forget about "Obama's Cracked Stimulus Crystal Ball," as AOL News opinion editor and former IBD Washington bureau chief John Merline calls it.

A year and a half ago, in a speech to Caterpillar employees, the president promised that as soon as Congress approved his $862 billion "stimulus" plan, "a new wave of innovation, activity and construction will be unleashed across America" that "will ignite spending by businesses and consumers," because the "goal at the heart of this plan" is "to create jobs."

For the vast majority of Americans, of course, the stimulus was anything but. It not only failed to cap unemployment at 8%, as also promised (the jobless rate is still 9.5%), but the few jobs it did protect were concentrated in government, Obama's political base.

Another part of that base — unions — also benefited, according to an IBD/TIPP poll that ended Sunday. Asked if "the job of a member of your household has been saved or created as a result of the economic stimulus program," only 6% of the 837 adults surveyed answered "yes." But for households with at least one union member, 19% replied in the affirmative. Many of those union members, of course, could also work in the public sector, where organized labor has made the most headway in recent years.

The failure of the stimulus effort and the passage of such unpopular legislation as health care reform (Americans still oppose it 48% to 38% in our polls) are weighing heavily on consumer confidence.

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index (see chart above) fell an additional 2.5% this month to 46.3 — its lowest level since October 2008, the middle of the financial crisis. Dragging the index down was a 9.6% plunge in the subcomponent that measures confidence in federal economic policies.

Now, instead of facing understandably angry voters at town halls back home, House Democrats have scurried back to Washington to pass yet another stimulus. This one totals $26 billion and is aimed at averting layoffs in — you guessed it — state and local governments.

Some may detect a panicked attempt here to use taxpayer money to buy votes.

The "Blame Bush" election strategy was recently expressed in a nutshell by the president: "When you get in your car, when you go forward, what do you do? You put it in 'D.' When you want to go back, what do you do? You put it in 'R.'"

Pretty clever from the man who bought GM with the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. But for nearly 10% of workers, "D" stands for the dole of unemployment benefits.

tomtoolbag
Veteran Advisor

Re: Political Revenge

  What are the republicans running on, let me guess.........

 

  "We're not him!" 

 

  What a bundle of inspiration, like you didn't get the message yet that the citizens of this country don't want a replay of the crap from the republicans that got us into this mess.

Samnospam
Advisor

Re: Political Revenge

If they can get the resolution passed couldn't they by definition stop any bills?

 

The biggest worry would be (R)s going along with the vermin, to grab a little more power for themselves to exploit.

 

Check out the latest Automatic IRA bill the scum have introduced, more tricksyness to grab more money.

 

 

One question, how many feet do sea levels have to rise to put DC under water?  I'm willing to emit more carbon to do my part.

Milligan Hay - Iowa d:^)
Veteran Advisor

Re: Hope and Change???


@tomtoolbag wrote:

  What are the republicans running on, let me guess.........

 

  "We're not him!" 

 

  What a bundle of inspiration, like you didn't get the message yet that the citizens of this country don't want a replay of the crap from the republicans that got us into this mess.


What did the Leftists run on in 2008???  "Hope and Change".

I suppose we can run on the same thing....means about as much.

@The Tea Parties are the guys and gals that are going to keep the new Republican replacements feet to the fire.... and more than several times proven that we will kick out any weak-kneed, spineless @--hole incumbent, and replace them with a real rock ribbed Conservative.

bruce MN
Veteran Advisor

Re: Hope and Change???

The Tea Parties are the guys and gals that are going to keep the new Republican replacements feet to the fire.... and more than several times proven that we will kick out any weak-kneed, spineless @--hole incumbent, and replace them with a real rock ribbed Conservative.....

As a nominee!!!!!

 

ollie2655
Senior Contributor

Re: Political Revenge

might need to check the polls on that one tooless---gop is running ahead in dozens of races and we cant find an obamo BACKER here now