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2006 Mid-Term Was For Change, Too

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As many of us may recall, the Democrats won control of both Legislative bodies in the Federal government in the 2006 mid-term elections. They ran on the promise for change. The Republicans did not have much of a leg to stand on, having completely abandoned the fiscal conservative wing of the GOP coalition. In addition, the country’s war weariness was beginning to show. Blog Protein Wisdom has a look at a number of the “changes” that are being pushed through by the Democrat majority:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is about to ram through a war spending bill that will (ultimately) not include troop withdrawal conditions.

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The House has opened debate on housing legislation, as a similar Senate proposal is larded with billions of dollars in tax breaks for automakers, airlines, alternative energy producers and other struggling industries, as well as home builders. The Joint Tax Committee estimates there is $25 billion worth of such tax breaks in the next few years, but just $3 billion to homeowners.

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A House-Senate conference committee is producing a farm bill that largely preserves tens of billions in direct payments to giant corporate farms, even as food prices soar, the farm economy thrives and Washington faces large budget deficits.

With all this responsible governing, how can we expect Barrack Obama, the candidate running on the same cliche platform of change, to actually be any different from the rest of his fellow legislators? He’ll sure face a large headwind.

Also, its the Republicans that are letting the Democrats get away with this. They’ve become spineless politicians as well. In Britain, they call it the “loyal opposition.” David Cameron and his Conservative Party just pulled off a huge win in local elections last week, which is putting more than a little pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Some would say its been a long time coming.

UPDATE @ noon: I’m moving on a bit of a tangent here, but Megan McArdle has a great point on Gordon Brown, saying, “What made Gordon Brown a great Chancellor of the Exchequer is exactly what makes him an awful PM; the man has the charisma of ground carp.” Good catch. I’ve noticed this idea echoed on the daily BBC podcast I listen to (link at right).

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Written by walonline

May 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

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