December 27, 2006

WHY WOULD THIS TIME BE ANY DIFFERENT?:

With Promises of a Better-Run Congress, Democrats Take on Political Risks (CARL HULSE, 12/27/06, NY Times)

Republican rule on Capitol Hill drew to an exhausted end just before dawn on Dec. 9 after lawmakers dispatched a pile of bills that few had read and even fewer had helped write. Democrats say the era of such chaotic and secretive legislating came to a close as well.

After chafing for years under what they saw as flagrant Republican abuse of Congressional power and procedures, the incoming majority has promised to restore House and Senate practices to those more closely resembling the textbook version of how a bill becomes law: daylight debate, serious amendments and minority party participation.

Beyond the parliamentary issues, Democrats assuming control on Jan. 4 said they also wanted to revive collegiality and civility in an institution that has been poisoned by partisanship in recent years.


If Ms Pelosi starts reading every page of every bill that Congress passes (nevermind considers) she'll spend the year doing nothing but...which actually wouldn't be a bad thing. And since she's going to have a hard enough time getting her own party to vote with her, there's no way she can allow the GOP any meaningful participation. She does sound like Newt and W did though.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2006 7:54 AM
Comments

Another hallmark of a corrupt Empire is the writing of laws by interested parties, with no interest or participation from the actual electorate.

School Codes have been written by Teacher's Unions and interests that they have corrupted (Municipal Bond Houses, etc.). Energy bills have been written by energy companies (though every one gets more oversight than the horrifically corrupt education industry).

I recently did a show on whether getting rich makes one stupid. When one is so wealthy as to pay some one 1000s to decorate their house for them for Christmas, or that they need not blink (or ask questions) when property taxes jump from $17,000 to $22,000 in one or two years, it is only a matter of time before they become stupidly insulated from everything that doesn't involve their source of income.

We no longer have a small number of people in this category, but the entire upper middle class.

They used to be thoughtful, but are now merely well-fed sheep doing what they are told by 'experts' on the news and on Oprah.

READ a BILL?! Why, thats why we elect Congressmen!!

Taxeaters are close to outnumbering producers, and when the 50% threshold is crossed, it's over. The vileness of the Republicans is that they enabled more tax eating for the purposes of power. Who is left to defend the productive?

Posted by: Bruno at December 27, 2006 9:08 AM

Another hallmark of a corrupt Empire is the writing of laws by interested parties, with no interest or participation from the actual electorate.

School Codes have been written by Teacher's Unions and interests that they have corrupted (Municipal Bond Houses, etc.). Energy bills have been written by energy companies (though every one gets more oversight than the horrifically corrupt education industry).

I recently did a show on whether getting rich makes one stupid. When one is so wealthy as to pay some one 1000s to decorate their house for them for Christmas, or that they need not blink (or ask questions) when property taxes jump from $17,000 to $22,000 in one or two years, it is only a matter of time before they become stupidly insulated from everything that doesn't involve their source of income.

We no longer have a small number of people in this category, but the entire upper middle class.

They used to be thoughtful, but are now merely well-fed sheep doing what they are told by 'experts' on the news and on Oprah.

READ a BILL?! Why, thats why we elect Congressmen!!

Taxeaters are close to outnumbering producers, and when the 50% threshold is crossed, it's over. The vileness of the Republicans is that they enabled more tax eating for the purposes of power. Who is left to defend the productive?

Posted by: Bruno at December 27, 2006 9:09 AM

The word "restore" used in the center of the middle paragraph above made me laugh so much I was glad I was observing the rule never to drink anything while reading these posts.

o/t comments acting up again?

Posted by: erp at December 27, 2006 10:03 AM

Bruno,

What if taxeater and producer are one and same? After all, we know how much subsidies get shoveled toward farmers and oil/gas people, and you'd be surprised at how much poor people pay in state/local taxes.

Posted by: Brad S at December 27, 2006 10:12 AM

Brad,

Certainly, we all put in and take out of the system to some extent.

This doesn't change the dynamics I mention above.

Easily 1/3 of K-12 public ed spending is waste, fraud and abuse. Teachers pensions do NOTHING to make the nation smarter.

Other forms of tax eating, condemning a strip mall with numerous successful small businesses to hand the land to Target, for example, do massive harm to the system, not only in economic terms, but in undermining the very fabric of the culture we rely on to "be there" for us.

Read the recent WSJ article on San Diego's Pension Pigs, then FOIA your local municipal pig's pension levy and see how well funded it is.

While all of us were engaging in our insectile specialization, a class of corrupt narciscists took over our schools, towns, State Houses, and the entire apparatus of Government.

These scum exist in both parties, and on both sides of the ideological divide.

I stand by my original analysis. When the tax eaters outnumber the producers, things are pretty much over.

Posted by: Bruno at December 27, 2006 2:37 PM

Do whatever I want you to do, vote however I want you to vote, there will be civility and collegiality. Else, I'll throw a hissy fit on account of your partisanship.

Posted by: ic at December 27, 2006 4:24 PM

Wasted? We have the most overeducated population in human history, that's the main waste.

Posted by: oj at December 27, 2006 10:18 PM
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