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    We Are Not Hostages

    We Are Not Hostages

    As I write, the “tax deal” worked out between Obama and Republicans in Congress has passed its first procedural hurdle, with more than 60 Senators voting to open debate on the legislation.

    As I have pointed out before, a marginally acceptable bill as originally announced has become an insult to voters who put Republicans back in charge of the House and substantially closed the gap in the Senate.  The bill now is what John Fund correctly calls a Tax Deal With A Side of Bacon.

    I don’t begrudge the original “deal” although there were very good arguments against it. 

    But did we really need to buy off Chuck Grassley (R-IA) with ethanol subsidies?  Of course not, this was all just pork barrel politics of the type which infuriated the electorate when Democrats were buying off Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu when it came to Obamacare.

    We may not be able to stop it this time, but we should hold the Republican leadership to account for failing to provide courage and leadership on these payoffs.

    This type of conduct has to stop, or the Republican leadership will rip the momentum out of the emerging Republican majority.

    The voters in the Republican Party are not hostages, and we do not suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.

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    I sent an email to McConnell on Friday evening. No response as of this Monday evening. We will stay angry. I can burn a Republican as easly as a Dem. We have a new representative, a Republican, in my district. Going to see what he does. I can vote different in 2012.


     
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    C. Owen Johnson | December 14, 2010 at 3:33 am

    You know, I'd expect people to have a better grasp of reality around here. Of course, if impotent (and I expect generally ignorant) ranting makes people feel better, I'm all for along as they stay out of the way while the grown-ups start to actually make things better.


     
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    C. Owen Johnson | December 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

    You know, I'd expect people to have a better grasp of reality around here. Of course, if impotent (and I expect generally ignorant) ranting makes people feel better, I'm all for along as they stay out of the way while the grown-ups start to actually make things better.

    "I can vote different in 2012."

    So how is that going to make any difference? If the Republicans who run for office claim they will vote different, but turn around and vote with the Democrats, how do you fight it? There is no third party and no time to build one.

    I'm a bit surprised that anyone thought things would change very much after the so-called "historic" election of 2010. Whether they have an "R" or a "D" after their names, politicians all love money and power, and once they arrive in DC they *are* the establishment, no matter what they say. Most cannot resist the courting of lobbyists as they realize who's buttering their bread.

    I will not be surprised if the Republicrats pursue the ploy of distracting the restless natives with the whole social issues stuff, as we have seen this month in the Smithsonian kerfuffle…


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