Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pelosi's Rubber Stamp

One of the many repeated memes of the first six years of the George W. Bush presidency was "rubber stamp Congress". Democrats hated the fact that a majority Republican House and Senate would frequently vote with a Republican president. It's like giving him dictatorial powers! Of course, Democrats would never do that. Would they?

Of course, they would -- if they had a majority in both houses of Congress and a Democrat in the White House. And that's just what has happened in the early days of the Barack Obama administration:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's economic stimulus legislation is headed for the Senate after a surprisingly partisan vote in the House in which Republicans united in opposition and 11 mostly conservative Democrats defected.
Aside from just under a dozen "Blue Dogs", "Boll Weevils", or whatever they are called these days, the Democrats handed Obama a nice big rubber stamp on this bill that cuts taxes, offers tax breaks, and increases spending. Decreasing revenues while increasing spending is one of the things that got the Republicans booted from Congress in 2006. The grass roots rebelled. When a Democrat government does it, somehow it makes perfect sense to that party. No, I don't understand it, and I am not going to try.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was unfortunate that Republicans could not see fit to support the measure.

"Well, we are definitely stepping up to the plate to say we'll be accountable," she said in an interview broadcast Thursday. "Republicans have had their chance. They decided to oppose - that's their choice."

The California Democrat said her party has "echoed" Obama's call to action and is ready to defend the large amount of spending in the measure.

Sorry, Nan. The current Congress is not a "rubber stamp" Congress. It is an "echo" Congress. I will be sure to remember that. For the rest of the Obama Administration, I will think of this Congress as the Echobama Chamber.

This might be a good time for me to pose a question that I have pondered quite often over the last few years: When people vote for President, do they think they are voting for Dictator? I get the impression that most voters think the President is in absolute charge of everything in the country. People (mostly Democrats) acted that way under Bush. They elected Obama because of the things that HE (not Congress, the courts, or anyone else) is going to do. Why not just hand him supreme executive power and forget about the rest? Silly people.

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