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Re: Why Can't The Majority Act?
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 16:41:36 -0400

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From: Ken Deifik <kenneth.d () roadrunner com>
Date: September 26, 2008 2:58:10 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Why Can't The Majority Act?

Can anyone on IP explain how the Republican minority in the House can block the “bail out” when the Democrats control both houses of Congress and the Senate Republicans are for the proposal and won’t filibuster? Why can’t Pelosi and Reid simply ram it through? What’s the point of having the majority if it can’t be wielded in a situation such as this? The White House will sign whatever the Congress enacts so is the problem lack of Congressional leadership?

Very, very simple. The Democrats will not back any plan that doesn't have a majority of Republicans onboard.

It's already become a populist issue among know-nothing voters: to them this is a bailout to save the yachts of rich people. The Democrats would be fools to take full responsibility for this bailout this close to an election.

This is not a cynical observation. If Pelosi and Reid "ram it through", then thought it could be the most perfect and responsible plan ever and the GOP will jump on it screaming "The Democrats want to help the rich save their yachts with your money!!!"

In fact, the GOP would be fools to NOT do that. The know-nothings have already told pollsters that they won't vote for whomever signs onto the bailout. The only way, in our political democracy, that such a law can pass is with large bi-partisan support.

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