Saturday, May 05, 2007

Dems: One Trick Ponies in action

Showing the other end of this pony might be more appropriate

Democrats momentum is stalling. From WaPo.
In the heady opening weeks of the 110th Congress, the Democrats' domestic agenda appeared to be flying through the Capitol: Homeland security upgrades, a higher minimum wage and student loan interest rate cuts all passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. But now that initial progress has foundered as Washington policymakers have been consumed with the debate over the Iraq war.

Not a single priority on the Democrats' agenda has been enacted, and some in the party are growing nervous that the "do nothing" tag they slapped on Republicans last year could come back to haunt them.

"We cannot be a one-trick pony," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel...

The "Six for '06" policy agenda on which Democrats campaigned last year was supposed to consist of low-hanging fruit, plucked and put in the basket to allow Congress to move on to tougher targets. (the "low hanging fruit" refers to the: minimum wage increase, recommendations of the 9/11 commission, fed funds for stem cell research, cutting student loan rates, fed negotiation with pharma on drug prices, and a rollback of tax breaks on oil and gas companies to fund alternative energy research)

None of them have passed....bwa-ha-ha.

Bills that have passed (the huge domestic spending bill - unfinished business from the GOP congress, the bill increasing the oversight of congressional pages and one that would rename six post offices (including one for Gerald Ford, Jr.) and two courthouses (one named for Rush Limbaugh, Sr.)

Rahm honey, you better get busy teaching Nancy some new tricks....