Dems First 100 Hours

The Dems are in charge, and thus far, the agenda that they have set does not impress me. There isn’t much that seems to be new. The majority of the bills now before Congress have already been in committees before the first of the year, and need to be voted on. Here’s the list:

  • Introducing legislation intended to curb the power of lobbyists.
  • Committing to no new deficit spending.
  • Fully enacting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
  • Raising the minimum wage from $5.15/hour to $7.25/hour. Pelosi pledged that there will be no congressional pay raises until the minimum wage is upped.
  • Enacting legislation allowing the government to negotiate with drug companies over prescription drug costs for Medicare.
  • Promoting and increasing funding for stem cell research.
  • Cutting interest rates on college loans by 50%.
  • Beginning to roll back subsidies to oil companies.
  • Fighting any attempt to privatize Social Security.

What I’m afraid of is that once they run out of steam on these issues, they will turn their attention to their thinly veiled threat of impeachment proceedings. This will be the wrong action to take in my opinion. The Dems ran on a platform of being different than Republicans, and this would be an opportune moment to show leadership instead of vindictiveness. After all, what would the point be (and political advantage) of trying to impeach a sitting lame-duck President? None, if you get right down to it. All this would do is be viewed as a revenge investigation for Clinton’s impeachment investigation, and would further polarize the nation. Thus, this will probably be far down on the list for the Dems to start up

But the radicals are pushing for impeachment, cutting funding for the troops & bringing them home before the job is done, Patriot Act revisions/scrapping, terrorist rights, and the like. So far, these are not on Congress’s short list. And that’s going to anger the radicals. Already I’ve heard a sound bite of Cindy Sheehan carrying on about her pet project, and I know that’s only going to be the beginning. After all, the Dems stirred up the radical left base of their party to get elected, and these people want satisfaction.

But what is missing is also important. Illegal immigration, for instance, is nowhere to be found on any agenda, and probably won’t anytime soon. And if possible, it will be ignored until the next election. I also don’t see any “America First” programs from the economic side either to protect the American worker from unfair and predatory business practices by other countries and companies. Lost in this is any comment on world affairs & policies concerning Iran, North Korea, al Qaeda, and any other threats to the United States.

Yes, it will be very interesting to see if the Dems are really the leaders that they tell everyone they are, or the same stinkers that got voted out of office twelve years ago…


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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One Response to Dems First 100 Hours

  1. Tom says:

    GOP had twelve years. Dems have slight majority for two days. Let’s reserve judgement a couple more days!
    BB-Idaho | 01.06.07 – 2:02 pm | #

    True, but I’m thinking of the Dems previous track record of some 30+ years before the GOP’s twelve. I’m just speculating and anticipating!
    Tom | Homepage | 01.06.07 – 4:46 pm | #

    I hope they can do something. We shall see.
    Teresa | Homepage | 01.08.07 – 6:34 pm | #

    “But the radicals are pushing for impeachment, cutting funding for the troops & bringing them home before the job is done”

    Otherwise known as a portion (a significant portion) of the American people – just as deserving of representation as you, yes? Don’t try to marginalize or disenfranchise folk just because you disagree with them, please.
    Dan Trabue | Homepage | 01.12.07 – 6:02 am | #

    Dan – Just don’t take the one sentence out of context with the rest of the paragraph, and you should understand the thrust of the point. Somehow, I don’t think that I’m marginalizing or trying to disenfrancise these people – the politicians are.

    Now whether these people represent a “significant” portion of the American people is a matter of opinion – I don’t see thousands of Sheehans marching in the streets of Yourtown, USA. But I do agree that, as citizens of this country, they are entitled to representation, no matter how far out in left field I think they are. The question really is will they get the representation from the politicians that were just elected? From the early indications, not really.
    Tom | Homepage | 01.12.07 – 6:17 pm | #

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