This past weekend, Democrats announced their plan for what they will do when they win back the House in November. Here’s the to-do list for their first week in office:
--Raise the minimum wage (for the first time since 1997)
--Allow the government to negotiate better prices with drug companies
--Vote to fully implement recommendations of the 9/11 Commission
--Reinstate Congressional rules to try to bring the budget back into balance. In other words, if Congress wants to increase spending or cut taxes, they’ll have to show how they’re going to pay for these things (and, no, raising the debt ceiling is not a way around ‘showing your work’).
In response, Tom DeLay said on This Week With George Stephanopoulos that Republican priorities – the things they’re running on to try to maintain control of the House – are as follows:
--An amendment banning gay marriage
--Putting a stop to stem cell research
--“Judicial activism” (translation: making sure there are more right wing judges)
--An anti flag-burning amendment
Folks, this is all you need to know when you go to the polls in November.
Posted by KAY
Olive commented at 3:36 PM~
...and this is the difference:
Recently, the House voted on weather cargo containers coming into our ports should be inspected for such things as dirty bombs.
"The Republican-led Homeland Security Committee panel rejected, on a mostly party-line vote of 16-18, an... amendment to require overseas inspection of all U.S.-bound cargo and tamper-proof seals. It was strongly opposed by the shipping industry."--Reuters.
Got that? Republicans -- those guys that said they were keeping us safe -- did not want to inconvenience big Republican campaign contributors with costly and time-consuming inspections.
If you had any doubt as to who Republicans serve, there it is.
ella commented at 11:54 PM~
Is that list about the Republican "to do list"an exaggeration or is that legit?
These days I often hear things come out of Republican's mouths that are so outlandish that I have gotten to the point where I cannot separate sarcasm (by democrats/non republicans of republicans) from the truth..sad really.
Renegade Eye commented at 9:05 PM~
When I first became political, it was during the Vietnam war. That was a Democratic Party in charge war, started with Kennedy sending "advisors."
I hate to burst your bubble again. The most important issue this country, maybe the world is facing, the Iraq war, is not mentioned. I'm not sure if I'd want the 9/11 commission's recommendations, in light of the wide spread telephone mining. What about immigration? Health insurance?
Olive commented at 10:25 AM~
I didn't mean to imply that the Democrats have presented a comprehensive list. I think it's sound. It begins to address the real issues facing Americans every day. The real point of the post was to demonstrate -- again -- where Republicans heads are at. It's as though we don't even inhabit the same planet, much less the same country. Our elected officials need to go about doing the business of the people and then, LEAVE US ALONE. Not only are Republicans not doing the business of the people (as demonstrated by the full scale corruption that has infected every branch of our government and by the shameful response to Katrina) but they harass the people -- gay people, brown people, pregnant people, old people, sick people, voting people, scientific people, poor people, middle class people, first-amendment believing people...
Between the two, it's a clear choice.
Renegade Eye commented at 8:55 PM~
A political program is very important. It is for the party, like a compass; sometimes for decades.
What kind of party has no position on the most important issue facing all of humanity?
Olive commented at 4:17 PM~
This is what they intend to do the first week of regaining the House. That's all. The first week.
I'm well aware of Democrat short comings. I saw Howard Dean on The Daily Show last night and, when asked what the Dem plan is, he pulled out of his pocket, a 'door knocker' (the thing you hang on a door knob that bares your message). The message was, of course, optimistic but unspecific.
The disparity was not lost on me. While Republicans are busy working on a pretty comprehensive plan for the destruction of Democracy as we know it, Democrats are passing out door knockers.