Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pot, Let Me Introduce You to Kettle...


  1. To be fair, Rep. Grayson's description of the Republican plan included a Plan A before Plan B of dying quickly comes into action - Don't get sick at all.

    At first I thought this Grayson guy was kind of a goober. After listening to more of what he has to say, I like what he is doing.

    He is saying what more Democrats need to be saying. "Listen, we have the majority in both houses and a Democrat in the White House. Why are we pandering to these Republicans by watering down health care reform when they have shown no interest in working with us and will vote No on anything we try to do."

    Look at the bill that prevented the US from doing business with contractors that forced their employees to resolve issues with binding arbitration (say, in the case of a woman being gang raped in Afghanistan by her male co-workers while working for KBR and not being able to take legal action) that was championed by Sen. Franken.

    30 people voted No on this resolution and they were all Republicans.

  2. Andrew, I somehow missed the bill regarding US/independent contractors and binding arbitration. It does seem that no matter what Obama or the Dems say or propose the GOP'ers will be against it. And again, the GOP seems to have become the party of the status quo and/or the party of "no." For example, to hear some GOP'ers tell it, there was no need for any bailouts of any kind, everything was and would have been peachy keen. And, GOP'ers now seem to think that there's nothing wrong at all with our health insurance system, it's fine, nothing's broken, nothing needs to be fixed.

    One last thing, as has been historically the case, trying to get all the Dems on the same page is like trying to herd cats compared to the GOP. Of course, you take the good with the bad. The Dems are a more diverse, inclusive party that invites and welcomes diverse viewpoints and opinions. The GOP, not so much, on the diversity thing. So the Dems have "Blue Dog" Democorats, fiscally conservative but liberal on social issues. That's the good with the bad. It'll be interesting to see if the Blue Dogs would actually filibuster against their own party's health insurance bill in the Senate if it includes a public option. I still think that the Blue Dogs can save face with their constituents by not joining a filibuster but, then voting against the bill. And the Dems don't need the Blue Dogs' votes if the bill gets to an up and down vote on floor of the Senate.