January 27, 2007


Top 10 Solutions for a More Perfect Union (Katrina vanden Heuvel, January 27, 2007, The Nation)

The "thumping" taken by the Republican Congress on election day was not just a rejection of K Street corruption and the catastrophe in Iraq. It was a call to action on issues that are more immediately relevant to people's lives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will begin to answer that call by pushing a "100 Hours" agenda -- including common-sense legislation to increase the minimum wage, cut interest on student loans and open the way for Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.

That's a good beginning, but it's only a down payment on a broader agenda. Progressives now have the opportunity to develop a new vision that returns power to the American people for the first time in generations. But to-do lists don't add up to a vision. But Democrats must show they are serious by passing bold measures that define a new "people's agenda." With that in mind, here are ten existing pieces of legislation that deserve to be passed by our new Congress. Some of these bills are eminently passable, a few are related to the "100 Hours" agenda and others can be seen as long-term goals. But all would help return our nation to the path to a more perfect union (note: Bill numbers may change in the new Congress).

The impossibility of even a single item from the progressive wish-list becoming law gives you a nice sense of how insignificant the Democratic Congress is. They're a placeholder.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2007 8:43 AM

Wha'? ...new vision that returns power to the American people for the first time in generations. These same visionaries were in power since Hector was a pup.

Posted by: erp at January 27, 2007 9:28 AM

Lefties love to identify themselves with the people, but socialize with the rich, who are not "the people". Seems what they really want is to be the top-dog, to be admired for fighting for the "people" while exploitating them. E.g.: Ms. Royal, a filthy rich tax-evading Socialist in France, Ms. Heuvel who inherited her publishing house from her grand pa, Mr. John Edwards who shelters his millions, builds the largest house in his county, Mr. Castro of Cuba who somehow becomes the richest person in Cuba fighting for the people. The people are suckers.

Posted by: ic at January 27, 2007 2:15 PM

new vision that returns power to the American people for the first time in generation

Funny how the people who spout such platituded never add the rest of it: "...with us exercising that power for them, and of course we'd be amply rewarded for that noble self-sacrifice that exercising power requires..."

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 27, 2007 3:15 PM


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