Monday, November 23, 2009

Senatorial Sticks

I've spent a lot of years watching Democrats get rolled on anything remotely resembling the public good and I expect to see quite a few more years of the same thing. That is because I see the public good from somewhere well left of the center. I understand that.

Looking at the health care reform actions in the House and the Senate I'm not surprised how things are working out. What I am incensed about is the Caucus' inability to show the recalcitrant members the sticks that are in their hands. Chairmanships and Seats on Committees are a start. There is a hell of a lot more.

Elected officials at the federal level need badly to show the folks at home that they bring benefits along with their office holding. Any bill you can think of contains stuff that is narrowly focused to that end. There is absolutely no reason whatever that the stuff has to stay in a bill other than collegiality. Senator Lieberman, would you like to write some of that stuff into a bill? Well, here's a real good question for you, how did you vote on a filibuster? Do you, Sen Lieberman, think your Chairmanship is important? Why should anyone think your vote for the Caucus will be forthcoming in the future if you're not whacked? Somebody might be able to remember the 2008 election at this point in time.

I've reached the point of no return with this. I understand that the junk measure in front of the Senate at this time is the best you could get in front of the Senate. That doesn't mean it isn't junk compared to the need, it just means that is what could get done at this point. Alright, if you can't get this piece of offal into a vote because your own Caucus won't do it, then why is it I should put anymore effort into you if they get to do that for free?

I'm not being a purist, I just want a vote on something that remotely resembles health care reform. If you let this handful of Senators blow this up without clear consequences, then I'm done with you. Clear done. You may be the good guys and that's really nice, but in the world where I live there are consequences to actions. Being an activist isn't so much fun that I can't see my way to walk away from everyone of you all the way down to town officials. It isn't much of a threat taken by itself, but if someone as stubborn and ornery as I am is on the edge, it might be something to think about.

Nobody has to vote against their conscience to allow a vote to happen. They can certainly vote against passage and should be able to do so without Caucus revenge, but to stop a Democratic initiative from coming to a vote isn't acceptable. If about 56 Democratic Senators can't lean on the remainder of the Caucus, then what good are you? Why should I care if Republicans get another opportunity to run the place into the ditch if the only difference is the initial after a title as far as results are concerned? Is there some reason to believe that unless it involves a Corporate/Banking/HealthInc giveaway this same bunch won't just filibuster again?

Your call on how you handle your Caucus, my call on how I waste my time.

8 comments:

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Dusty said...

What I am incensed about is the Caucus' inability to show the recalcitrant members the sticks that are in their hands. No kidding! Blow those sob's into next week and let's see where they stand then. Makes me physically ill to see Holy Joe Libermann jerking them around so bad and he is chairman of the Homeland (I hate that word) Security committee.

Chuck Butcher said...

I know that you don't MAKE enemies when you have enough (GOP), but the action of cutting your Caucus' throat is enemy action. It needs to be discouraged before it happens. It isn't as far as I can see, and we won't know if it has unless the filibuster happens and action is taken.

Making such a thing public would be stupid, but the LIEberman, Nelson, etc BS signals that it hasn't happened.

ToddK_Chicago said...

Wow -- just got to your site for the first time via a link. And earlier today, I wrote to my Senator Durbin exactly what you are saying here -- I had seen a sound bit of him saying something to the effect that the public option may not be feasible. It was beyond infuriating seeing him capitulate once again.

Are they truly this cowardly? Or are they just as corrupt as the GOP? Do they not know what they are doing because they are so embedded in that elitist media bubble that is Washington that they think the public will not support them? I can not figure it out for the life of me.

I had so much hope riding on everything political this year and I have been beaten down to the core. A meager "stimulus" while Wall Street raked in billions, rendition and indefinite detentions continue unabated, billions of dollars being spent on wars while worrying that they need to cut the deficit by cutting programs that help the needy and the poor, past torture immunized from lack of accountability and investigations - in the words of the Talking Heads HOW DID WE GET HERE?

The hope is gone, and I am done. A friend of mine kept asking me what is the point of voting and I would argue all the reasons why he should. Now I think he is right. We did not get the lesser of two evils -- we just got evil. An evil that corporations override the concern of the citizens, and as far as I can tell, that is never changing with that body of power called the Senate and a milquetoast president.

Chuck Butcher said...

Hey Todd,

At this point nothing is a done deal. I'm trying a shot across the bow because I don't want to give up.

If you looked at the pic of me one the side board you know I'm no kid. I've had a lot of time to be disappointed but the deal wasn't done. For me, this one will tear it if it goes south in a filibuster or is flat ruined to get a GOP vote.

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Are they truly this cowardly? Or are they just as corrupt as the GOP? Do they not know what they are doing because they are so embedded in that elitist media bubble that is Washington that they think the public will not support them? I can not figure it out for the life of me.