Friday, August 5, 2011

Democrats Have Buyer's Remorse, Super Committee Means Super Politics, Bad Deal for America

Dems Could Have Done Better

"In her most candid assessment to date, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Democrats should have fared better in the debt limit fight.  And she was unable to defend the final deal from the suggestion that it will cost the country jobs.  But in a new wrinkle, she also said the deal was crafted with the expectation that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) would be able to marshal a majority for the bill on his own -- a mark he fell far short of. "

If so, then why did the Democrats help to pass the new law?  (To prevent default, I assume.)  And wouldn't that have been the same situation as before -- Rep. Boehner unable to tame the Conservatives?  (Except that everyone ran out of time.)  It's too late now -- or is it?  Just the same, Rep. Boehner still has the same problems, and so does America.

Dems Stick Head in Sand

"As the debt debate shifts to the 12-member joint super committee created by the deal President Obama signed into law this week, Republicans have said they won’t appoint anyone who will even consider raising tax revenues."  "Frustrated by the GOP’s refusal to come to the negotiating table with open minds, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who is tasked with appointing three members to the committee, rhetorically raised the question of not appointing anyone to the committee."

Ooooo.  That'll show 'em.

The Deal America Got

Rep. John Conyers:  America Deserves a Better Deal.  "While default was not an option, I would have preferred a bill that raised taxes on corporations that earn billions of dollars a year and have not paid one dollar in taxes.  I would have preferred a bill that included an extension of unemployment benefits for those hit hardest by the recession.  I would have even preferred a clean bill that simply raised the debt ceiling and allowed Congress to hold a serious debate on debt reduction without it being held hostage to a manufactured 'crisis' that brought our country to the brink of financial ruin."

"The American people need to send a message to the members of the deficit reduction commission, whoever they may end up being, that they need to prioritize the preservation of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and to focus on finding a means of balancing the budget that does not do so on the backs of working families."

Well, we all understand.  It's so tough making tough decisions.  But you can't have it both ways.  Many lawmakers DID VOTE NO -- did vote their conscience, did say no to the madness.  Maybe it's time to stand up for Medicare and Social Security and the aged and disabled.  Maybe instead of voting YES and then making excuses and saying we've got to try to get it right NEXT TIME, maybe get it right the FIRST TIME.  For example, Sen. Bernie Sanders said NO to this bill, as did others.

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