America’s New Liberal
First 100 Legislative Hours
Written by JB Williams
As Washington Republicans line up to sing a politically tuned rendition
of Rodney King’s classic hit, “Can’t we all just get along,”
soon-to-be House Speaker Pelosi angles to bury the bi-partisan hatchet right in
Convinced that the American people completely rejected the Bush
doctrine and embraced liberal socialism in the ‘06’ mid-terms,
Democrats poised to take full control of congress on Thursday are prepared to take no prisoners as they ram their agenda through the
legislature, challenging Bush’s weakened veto alternative.
In other words, they are preparing to do just as Republicans should
have done but failed to do while they controlled congress. Had Republicans
taken the same no prisoners approach to
leadership, they’d still be in control of congress. It was their
spineless efforts to compromise with their friends on the left
that caused conservatives and independents to defect in the last election.
Still, they think they can get along with
their political foes.
Democrats are about to teach Republicans what real partisan smash-mouth
leadership is all about. They have set their first 100 hour legislative agenda
and Republicans are already crying foul as Democrats set a minefield of
road-blocks to keep Republicans from having any say at all in the process. As
the home town San
Francisco Chronicle points out, “Democrats say they will
bypass House committees, move legislation directly to the floor and strictly
limit the GOP's ability to make changes.” Now that’s
bi-partisanship at its best! Pelosi style! Remember all the GOP initiatives
allowed to be held up in committee, never allowed a floor vote where they would
have easily passed a partisan roll call? No need for committee review now!
Their 100 hour agenda sounds good to the average American limited only
to lamestream headlines for their daily dose of reality.
• Raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15
to $7.25 an hour.
Though few Americans hold minimum wage jobs, increasing a national
minimum wage has historically resulted in increased unemployment of the very
people liberals claim to represent. Further, as economic conditions vary in
different parts of the country, a high national minimum wage negatively impacts
the poorest regions most. Many states already have a minimum wage above the
national number. Those that don’t, have special economic challenges. A
41% increase at the national level should deliver the kind of unemployment
numbers Democrats seek as a campaign tool for the ‘08’ Presidential
• Curb lobbyists' influence by banning meals
and gifts to lawmakers and requiring more disclosure and oversight.
This is what McCain-Feingold was supposed to accomplish. However,
Democrats quickly circumvented true bi-partisan campaign-finance-reform efforts
with the invention of 527 organizations like MoveOn.org, which led to the
biggest illegal/unethical campaign sludge-fund bonanza in world history. Look
closely at the details of what Democrats propose now. It has little to do with any
honest lobbyist curbs.
• Repeal subsidies for the oil industry.
We have an energy crisis in this country. We are far too dependent upon
foreign resources and Democrats’ answer is to attack American energy
producers while restricting domestic exploration and refining? The energy
agenda in a nut-shell – bankrupt private energy industry and send the fed
in to save the day.
• Cut college-loan interest rates in half.
College loan rates are the lowest in the world. We already don’t
require repayment of college loans. What difference does the interest rate on
uncollectible loans make? Another feel-good
measure that means nothing to students, but much to tax-payers who are making
• Reduce prescription-drug prices for
seniors by requiring Medicare to negotiate rates with pharmaceutical companies.
Reduce government intervention in drug manufacturing and curb frivolous
law suits and everyone can better afford medical treatment including drugs.
Study why American medical expenses are high to begin with, as compared to say Canada,
where there are no frivolous law suits against manufacturers and no government
gouging (taxation) of products on the way to market. Like our friends to the
north, liberals will be happy to curb frivolous law suits once the government
controls the medical industry and is the subject of such suits.
• Pass another bill that allows expanded
federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, betting on better prospects
for an override if the president vetoes it again.
What they mean is, allow federal funding of embryo farming for
stem-cell research. We already fund stem-cell research. We just don’t
fund embryo farming for research purposes. That’s about to change…
• Implement unfulfilled recommendations of
the Sept. 11 commission and beef up port security.
As most folks know, almost all of these recommendations are already in
practice. The few that are not, have downside consequences that security
experts (not partisan political hacks) prefer to leave un-implemented. If you
want to do the number one thing to better secure this nation, start by securing
our borders and prosecuting illegal aliens. Watch how Pelosi’s Democrats
manage the number one threat to American security… “What illegal aliens? They are undocumented American citizens, specifically,
future federal dependents and Democrat voters! Come one
– come all!”
Here’s what they haven’t put on their public
agenda talking points list…
As military and national security experts prepare to increase troop
strength in Iraq to put down the rising tide of terror attacks on innocent
Iraqi citizens struggling to move their nation towards peaceful co-existence
with the world, Democrats strategize how to cut or block funding for all current
and future Iraq operations, publicly voicing support for victory in Iraq while
working to legislatively guaranteeing failure via unfunded operations. The goal
is to appear pro-troop while acting anti-Iraq mission. This
nuanced lie won the election. So it will stand…
There it is in all its glory – America’s
New Liberal Direction, a glance at the first 100 legislative hours under
And you thought you were forcing the two parties to cooperate with each
other for a better America…
You thought you were voting for secure borders and a brighter American
Foolish is as foolish does! Now we will reap what we have sown…pure