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Saturday, April 01, 2006

NO PLAN

April Fools Day and still the fools have no plan. Penning a blog for the HuffPo today, 'celebrity' blogger Nora Ephron writes:

"The Democrats should just sit back and let the Republicans self-destruct and it doesn't really matter that they have no plan and no viable candidate."

That is their plan, Nora. Have you not been attending the meetings? Lacking a cohesive plan, the Dems are forced to depend on the self-destruction of their adversary, in this case, the GOP.

But that won't be happening unless things go bad for America. If things go bad for America their plan works. That's why the Dems are giddy over the prospect of us 'losing' in Iraq. That's why they are crying at the top of their liberal lungs that we have already lost. That's why they want us to pull out NOW.

That's why they are fervently wishing for the all out civil war that has yet to materialize.

Thats' why they are praying Osama eludes U.S. forces. That's why they high-five each other each time a new Abu Ghraib photo comes out.

This is quite a gamble on their part. But in the end, its a lot like playing blackjack and never hitting because you think the dealer will always bust. Americans are tired of hearing the Dems whine, "the emperor has no clothes", while they themselves stand there naked as jaybirds.

9 Comments:

Blogger Mike V. said...

trotting out the RNC talking points, I see.

here's a short list of legislation knocked down by the republicans last year.

not saying that dems and repugs have to agree, but to say they have no "plan" is wrong.

Per Yellow Dog Blog:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_109_1.htm

Of the 366 Senate floor votes taken in 2005, 179 were sponsored by Democrats. Even using the most generous interpretation of these votes – counting all 179 issues, regardless of their legislative nature – Senate Republicans killed 134, or 75 percent, of Democrat-sponsored legislation. Many of those defeats came on straight party-line votes and, of the 45 bills and amendments submitted by Democrats that did pass, many made it through only because of a few votes from Republican moderates such as Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME) or Olympia Snowe (R-ME).


Of the 38 Democratic bills that the Republican leadership allowed to slip through (after removing seven procedural votes from the 45 total "agreed to"), nine of those were benign acts that passed by unanimous votes or, in one case, 94-6. For example, in July, a bill sponsored by Tom Harkin (D-IA) "...recognizing and honoring the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990" passed 87-0. A vote of 100-0 passed an amendment by Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to give a tax credit to employers continuing to pay the salaries of Guard and Reserve employees serving in Iraq. Sponsored by Dick Durbin (D-IL) an almost-clerical bill mandating a change to the numerical identifier used to identify Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program was OK with everyone 98-0.

Two attempts by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) to raise the federal minimum wage, S. amdt. 44 and S. amdt. 2063, went down by votes of 49-46 and 51-47, respectively, with only a couple of Republicans crossing the aisle on behalf of working Americans. John Kerry (D-MA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) tried three times to getting funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and failed on all of those attempts. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation to protect Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and another bill to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports – both died on the Senate floor.

S. amdt. 32, by Jon Corzine (D-NJ), sought to preserve existing bankruptcy protections for Americans in economic distress if they acted as caregivers to ill or disabled family members. Dick Durbin (D-IL) sponsored two bankruptcy-bill amendments, S. amdt. 49 and S. amdt. 110. One would have protected employees and retirees from losing their life savings in corporate bankruptcies, while the other attempted to exempt debtors below the nation's median income from filing restrictions.

All were defeated on primarily party-line votes – almost all Democrats voting for and almost all Republicans against.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Thats why the people put them in charge. To stop the Dems.

The bills you cite from the Dems: One is to prevent drilling for oil in Alaska. The other is to reduce our dependence on foreign oil...

Thats rich....

And you know what our company does when the min wage is raised? They lay off people to offset the costs. That isnt helping the 'working' man. Min wage jobs are entry level positions.

6:20 PM  
Blogger joe said...

Again with the No Plan nonesense?

Okay then, here are two sources for Democratic plans:

http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=1376283
http://housedemocrats.gov/

or you could look at these:

http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/111505/reps.html
http://www.democraticleader.house.gov/
http://www.mydd.com/story/2005/11/18/72217/316

okay that last one is harldy an "official plan" but it is a plan nonetheless.

What is the republican plan? blame the media, blame the homosexuals, blame the "war on Christians" (morons) and oh yes, when the iraqi's stand up, we'll stand down. Funny I never considered what someone else has to do as MY plan, but apparently that's cool with you folks. get over it, this is a stupid and well debunked republican talking point. Which as with most things they say, are just a complete and total lie.

Give up on the republicans, they couldnt tell the truth to save themselves, much less this country.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Drilling for oil in Alaska is nothing more than money laundering.
The amount of fuel we would get out of there wouldn't power LA for a week.

When was the last time that the congress or the president said, "we need to conserve"?
They just say, "we're adicted to oil."

Well, no shit, W.

And his folly in the middle east is keeping the demand down and the prices up along with profits.

Raising the minimum wage has never raised unemployment nationwide. EVER.

Forgot to address:

John Kerry (D-MA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) tried three times to getting funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and failed on all of those attempts.

S. amdt. 32, by Jon Corzine (D-NJ), sought to preserve existing bankruptcy protections for Americans in economic distress if they acted as caregivers to ill or disabled family members.

People "put them in charge" because they wanted to see republicans in charge in congress and they believed there would be more "honor and integrity" in the congress.
That flew out the window, though, didn't it?

A lot of the middle of the country also voted (against their best interest) for republicans because they promoted an anti-gay and pro-religion agenda.
Neither of which have anything to do with the bottom line of how a family lives.

This congress has been the biggest pork barrel group in history, and under Bush's watch, the size of the federal gov. has sky-rocketed.

A lot of people thought they were still getting their father's republican party in office.
Guess again.

The party of smaller gov?
The party of government of the peoples' backs?
The party that is against tax and spend?

When the real republican party comes back, let me know.

What we have now are patsies to the white house, and an administration fighting an immoral war at the behest of PNAC.

I would like anyone to list me FIVE simple things that the president has been behind that would be good for the average working American family.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

I notice you dont address the main point of my posting. In order for the Dems to do well, America must do poorly.

Thats a pretty sad plan.

11:08 AM  
Blogger American Soldier said...

Social projects for border jumpers and the lazy....hmmmm just what we need more of.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

and how is America doing now?
poorly. and we're all going to pay for it in the long run.

again, I want someone to tell me what the president has been a supporter of that is good for the average working american.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

How do you figure America is doing poorly?

Home ownership at an all time high. Low unemployment.
Lower taxes.
No terrorist attacks since 911.
GNP up!
Stock market doing great.
Free food for all who cant afford it.
Subsidized housing for all who cant afford it.
Cant be turned away from an emergency room even if you cant pay.

Exactly what is so bad, mike? Did you max out your FEMA card at the titty bar or something?

7:07 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

well, aside from crushing debt and trade deficits, stagnant wages and regressive taxes?
and the billions spent (which will grow at least a trillion in the long run) on this immoral war.

well, lookie here, let's see the latest news:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060404/bs_nm/economy_china_usa_dc_2

whoops!

1:00 AM  

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