Democrats continue to back away from promises

Cross-posted from the Brock Log.

Remember when I first asked if the Democrats were backing away from campaign promises?

I wasn't wrong.

The Washington Post.

Democrats To Start Without GOP Input

As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.


But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.

The Democrats are doing exactly what the Republicans did for 12 years by using these House rules to keep Republicans from debating bills.

I can sympathize with Speaker-Designate Pelosi's desires to keep the 100 hour promises, but she cannot use the argument that the ends justify the means in doing it. She must allow Republicans the ability to offer alternative legislation. To do otherwise is to break promises to America and will violate the trust we have given the Democratic Congress.

It's painful, I admit. It was hard swallowing the Republican leaderships mistreatment of Democrats for 12 years, I know. Revenge is so easy, and so tempting, now that you're in power. You've got to be better than them, though. Especially you, Ms. Pelosi. You've got to rise above the level of politics as it has been for the last decade and build a new way.


I shared your initial reaction

but after reading the entire article, it looks more like Republican spin (with media complicity) than any "backing away" from promises.

Democratic leaders said they are not going to allow Republican input into the ethics package and other early legislation, because several of the bills have already been debated and dissected, including the proposal to raise the minimum wage, which passed the House Appropriations Committee in the 109th Congress, said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Pelosi.

"We've talked about these things for more than a year," he said. "The members and the public know what we're voting on. So in the first 100 hours, we're going to pass these bills."

But because the details of the Democratic proposals have not been released, some language could be new. Daly said Democrats are still committed to sharing power with the minority down the line. "The test is not the first 100 hours," he said. "The test is the first six months or the first year. We will do what we promised to do."

As I see it, the Dems are torn between two conflicting commitments. On one hand they have some very serious messes to clean up. On the other hand, they want to "play nice" and work collaboratively with Republicans.

The problem, though, is that the Republicans don't want to play nice in return. They are twisting arms and making promises in hopes of peeling off some of the DINOs so they can regain control. It's kind of hard to take their whining seriously, unless you're a mainstream media newspaper reporter.

-A-, I want to agree with you,

and would, if it weren't for this line :

But because the details of the Democratic proposals have not been released, some language could be new.

If the legislation to be "fast-tracked" were made public and able to be compared to the previously debated legislation, I'd feel a little (to be read as "very little") more comfortable and understanding of the absence of Republican debate. Without the publication of the legislation, however, there's no way to determine whether sneaky provisions are being tossed into the bills.

Thomas S. Brock


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Good point.

I suppose we'll have to hold on tight and see what actually happens. If the Dems play fast and loose, that'll be a big PR bonanza for the Repubs. If they play fast and straight, though, that'll be a different story. We'll know in about . . . 200 hours.


Thomas, it is really really great to see you back

I've missed your input and hope all is well as you work to turn your area a shade of blue...purple is a good start.

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