Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bi-Partisanship?

If you want bi-partisanship, get some damn votes! I didn't hear calls for bi-partisanship when there was a Republican president (with a lower popular vote total than his opponent) and a legislative majority smaller than the one the Democrats have now. I see no reason to pay any heed now to the people whose failed policies we're now trying to fix.

Or to put it more bluntly, you had your chance - we're going to fuck things up OUR way for awhile!

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At 11:53 AM, Blogger Special K said...

Reaching out to congressional Democrats, Bush vowed to bring a "spirit of cooperation" to the nation's capital.

"Our nation must rise above a house divided. Americans share hopes and goals and values far more important than any political disagreements," Bush said.

"Now it is time to find common ground and build consensus to make America a beacon of opportunity in the 21st century," he added.

CNN.com December 14, 2000


Then just 6 month later:

"The incoming Senate majority leader made it clear Sunday that Democrats planned to use their new control of that chamber to block some key Bush policy initiatives, from early deployment of a missile-defense system to oil-drilling in the Alaska wilderness and increased use of nuclear power."

ITH.com May 28, 2001

Today's administration looks more like a replay except the Democrats will have no check on power. Do you really think that this is a good thing?

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger Special K said...

BTW, the last line looks very accurate.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Congratulations, Curtis, what an incredible load of crap!

What check was there on Republican power from 2003 through 2006 when they controlled all four branches of government (I include the Vice Presidency since Dick Cheney declared himself apart from the Executive)?

While they had control, they mismanaged one war, declared an unjustified one and mismanaged it as well, managed to trample on the Constitution by spying on American citizens without warrants, violated our morals by torturing prisoners and denying them due process, put politics above science (i.e. the truth) and managed to politicize every department in the government.

All the while, Democrats in Congress were shut out of committee meetings and debate on bills (they were sometimes given hours to read 500 page bills before a vote) and were demonized in the press for any attempt to actually represent the people that voted for them. I don't recall a lot of calls for bi-partisanship then.

So, yeah, don't know whether the Democrats have all the answers or not, but it's pretty damn clear that the Republicans don't.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Cindy Lee said...

After the house met and voted on the new stimulus package a republican representative was asked why none of the republicans voted for the package and he said they felt there was too much spending and not enough tax cuts. when he was asked what the republicans would do to change the package all he had to say was cut taxes. Its hard to cut taxes on people who don't have jobs. All this spending in the stimulus package could blow up in our faces BUT at least we would be trying something. The Obama team is not just making this up I think they are taking the Keynesian economics approach. My understanding is that this is an untested approach and its kinda scary that we are the ones its being tested on but where I live now 650 people were told by Volvo they were losing their jobs and so many small business have gone bust that I cant even count them so tested or not I say go for it. If things get worse they get worse but at least we will have tried!

 

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