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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 wont
filibuster? Why cant Pelosi and Reid simply ram it through? Whats
the point of having the majority if it cant 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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