On November 2, 2010, the American Electorate repudiated the Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid agenda. The defeat was so staggering that even President Obama said the Democrats got shellacked. He finally had to accept that a large portion of Americans, in my opinion a majority, do not believe in his policies of Big Government and European Style Socialism. The want less government, lower taxes and maybe even less entitlements. In other words the country is Center Right as it has been for pretty much the last thirty years.
Now, we are in the lame duck session of Congress and, what are Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid doing; the same exact stuff that got them and their party into trouble in the first place. They are openly ignoring the will of the American people. The are actively pursuing their left wing agenda and hoping to increase their party’s electorate by pandering to illegal immigrants, the gay lobby, and unions.
Instead of dealing with the two key issues that must be addressed during this lame duck session, the pending tax increase and funding the government, the are attempting to get the Dream Act passed; the elimination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” and the expansion of union representation for public workers. In addition, they are attempting a public takeover of the Food Industry using the Commerce Clause as the Constitutional Authority.
The Republicans who are set to virtually take over Congress in January have put a line in the sand and hopefully, they stick to it. The 42 Republican Senators penned a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid yesterday saying that they will stop all legislative action unless the Tax Increase and the Government Appropriations Bills are dealt with first. The Democrats are now seizing on this position and saying that the Republicans are again the “Party of No!” To me, it seems more like that the Republican Senators are merely doing the will of the people.
In fact, Nancy Pelosi in her typical “doesn’t care about anyone but herself and her agenda” attitude, today is going to force a vote on the Tax Increases that she knows will never pass the Senate just to make the incoming Republicans look bad. In about three hours, the House will vote to increase taxes on everyone making over $250,000 per year and to keep the tax rates the same for the middle class. All of the Republicans and a good portion of the Democrats will vote no. But, Ms. Pelosi knows that she can only use her super majority for about 10 more days. She will force the bill through as she did with Health Care, but this time knowing it will not pass in the Senate. Then, she will have ability to say, “The Republicans said “NO” to the middle class tax cut. They are evil. They only support the rich.” Pure politics plain and simple.
What’s going on in the Senate is also pure politics. The sudden push to pass the “Dream Act” by Harry Reid is pandering to the large Hispanic population in Nevada that helped him get reelected against all odds in the Republican wave on November 2. In addition, it is an attempt to create a Democratic voting block in the Hispanic population for the next two to three generations. There is simply no other reason for it. The fact that all of the people that would become legal are now “illegal” does not mean anything to Mr. Reid. In fact, people can break the law all day long as far as Democrats are concerned provided that they agree to continue voting Democratic.
Isn’t that the case with the Labor Unions as well? They labor thugs break the law all the time, especially when they are trying to organize: Baseball bats, slashed tires, men holding shot guns, it happens. I know I have personally experienced it. But, the Democrats do not care. All they care about is getting more votes. They do not care about what is right or wrong; just securing a voting block. And, that is exactly what Harry Reid is doing right now by trying to extend union organizing rights to more public workers. Let more people into the union. Make the SEIU stronger. It is all about votes, plain and simple. Oh, and it is all about money too. The unions virtually support the Democratic Party.
The bigger the unions are, the more Democratic votes. The more illegal aliens become legal, the more Democratic votes. And, the same is true of gays in the military. Personally, I believe that Gays should be permitted to serve. But, I do not believe that overturning “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” should be a priority of the Lame Duck Congress. Leave it for later. Right now, there are only two things that matter; the tax increases and government appropriations.
So, in my opinion, it is clear. The Republicans were right to draw the line in the sand. Do what must be done in the next two weeks. Then, if there is time for anything else, the Democrats can get to their pet projects. Until then, the Senate Republicans should really play hardball. Do not cave. The American electorate has spoken. The Republicans seem to get it.
It is just the Democrats who don’t!
© 2010 Frank T. DeMartini. Permission to copy will be freely granted upon request.