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Baucus Bill Not Online

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by raingeg

The AP reports that the  Baucus bill that will eventually become law will not be online. They know what happens when that put the actual bill online, the people actually read it, so it appears that “conceptual language” will have to do. I don’t think so.

AP- Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes. Republicans argued that transparency is an Obama administration goal. They also noted that their constituents are demanding that they read bills before voting. Democrats said it was a delay tactic that could have postponed a vote for weeks.The Democrats noted that unlike other committees, the Finance Committee works off conceptual language that describes policies — instead of legislative language that ultimately becomes law, and which the GOP amendment would have required. Democrats accepted an alternate amendment to make conceptual language available online before a vote.

Here’s a thought, what if the Senate Finance Committee decided to “change” their ways?

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“Political Bickering” Is Not The Problem

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on July 2, 2009 by raingeg

There are many left leaning politicians out there, most notably President Obama, that want to see the partisan bickering stop. What does that actually mean? It means be quiet and just let us do whatever we want.

It is completely false to think that that “partisan bickering” is to blame for the many ailments in Washington and politics in general. I actually favor partisanship when it comes to our politicians, it allows for healthy debate and a place where a plethora of ideas can be presented, rather than just one.

They play this card because they need to turn debate into what they call “bickering.” It should be called healthy debate, because its not like they are choosing a color to paint the walls, they are making life changing decisions. Butting heads in politics is a good thing, it would be far worse for a politician to do nothing, because that is not what the people elect politicians to do. What reason would I have to vote if every candidate, afraid to step on the others sides toes, did nothing and gave in to the powerful party in Washington. Would there even be a powerful “party” in Washington? No, and this reasoning makes no sense. Its an emotions game.

We need to look at this as a diversion. Its one of the last plays that the President and his congressional friends have to offer. This is no different than when they tried to make the Republican party look to be what they called “the party of no.” When that is the furthest thing from the truth. As I said when President Obama won the election, when he does something good he deserves credit. But when he bows down to Nancy Pelosi and congressional leftists, essentially handing over the reins to this sled known as The United States, that scares me. And that is something that has happened far too much in the first five months of his presidency and that is what leads to a lack of compromise on the Republicans part. Its so far left that if the Republicans were to give in, even a little bit, they are still very left of center. So what good does compromise do for the Republicans if the only two options are very left and pretty close to very left, not even close to the center.

As I said earlier, this is an emotions game, they point to one thing as they do another, in hopes of making the people feel bad about it. The Democrats know that with an election in 2010 they must take every chance they can get to continually make it look like Republicans are to blame for everything. And this is how they do it. Blaming lack of progress on the Republicans, whether they call them “the party of no” or blame “bickering” on them, Republicans get blamed. But again it can only be blamed on the extremely left leaning ideas presented.

What may look like a lot of fast work and a good effort trying to get stuff done on the part of the President, turns into what can only be looked at as a get it done while we can approach. I think that he doesn’t think the Democrats will gain seats in the 2010 elections. Which on my part is a fair assessment, considering how the proverbial political pendulum works. But I also have think he wants, even more, to see these far left wing ideas passed before he looses that power. So putting blame on the Republicans turns into something that doesn’t guarantee anything, and is rooted in a hope that some people will fall for this trick. A hope that only he can believe in.

Congratulations! I Love This Country!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on November 5, 2008 by raingeg

I am perplexed. I love this country and rightfully so, it deserves to be loved. Tonight an amazing feat that has been accomplished. And while I am not pleased with the results of this election I cannot be more pleased with and proud of this country. We have an amazing system that proved itself and worked wonderfully well tonight.

Though as I sit here watching the television tonight there are things that I wonder. Are the supporters of the president elect as proud of this country as I am right now, or are they proud of their leaders. While I don’t hardly agree with anything that President Elect Obama stands for I am still proud of this country.

I would be proud of this country whether it was John McCain or Barack Obama. I am not only proud of my country when my party is in power. However, I don’t think the same can be said for the leftists out there. I know that there are many very respectful democrats in this country and I‘m not talking about them. I also know that there are a lot of screwy left wing people out there. If John McCain had won tonight would they be proud of this country? I would submit that it is possible that they would not.

I can’t help but bring up the hatred that’s been thrown from the far left at President Bush. These people do not have an attitude that is willing to unite, and that stems from the extreme emotional investment that they put in the people that are in the government. I do not want to invest my emotions in the government. But these people invest extreme emotions in the government and that is shown by their extreme hatred over the last eight years.

My hope and prayer is that President Obama will do a good job. I hope that he fights with the very left wing congress and does not bow down before them. I do not wish to see him fail, because if he fails the country fails. I will respect him, possibly even support him if he does things that I agree with.

My aim is to keep this country great, I have no desire to see it fail. I also want to see conservatism prosper. With that said, congratulations President Elect Barack Obama.