Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Agenda for the Democratic Congress: Action, Not Recrimination

We won, and I am delighted. Democrats have retaken the House. We may even get the boon of the Senate, too.

The self-destruction of the Republican Party lately has been so spectacular that it has been hard to keep up with. One website showed films of people trying to read a list of indicted Republicans in one breath for a $100 prize. No one could do it.

A new era is upon us.

It might be natural, now that the Congress can actually find out what went on for the last six years, to spend the next couple of years in investigations. I hope, though, that they will not. Leave that to the historians. We are stuck with the mess now, no matter who created it and why. We need to do something about illegal immigration, and the trade deficit, and the federal debt, and global warming, and most of all about Iraq.

I hope Speaker Pelosi and (perhaps) Majority Leader Reid spend the next two months working with their new leadership to come up with a rich 100 Days legislative plan. Use the honeymoon to do something, and the rest of the term may be productive as well. Personally, I would start with the minimum wage.

In any case, I hope that the new government will simply move ahead, and let Tom DeLay bury the dead.


Anonymous said...

In general, I agree with you.

It is hard, though, to just write off the money that did not make it out of the funnel from Halliburton and Bechtel et al to rebuild Afghanistan and Iraq. The tasks still need to be done - morally as well as politically. But taxpayers would not be unreasonable if they didn't want to pay for them twice.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I quake with fear at what ultra-liberal Nancy Pelosi will do with this country. I cannot even imagine what she and Hillary would do together should it come to pass that Hillary gets elected.

Gruntled said...

Oversight, yes. Neener neener neener, no. Tip O'Neill was pretty liberal, but he did not stear the House in that direction. He was a competent politician, and found a way to compromise. I don't know if Nancy Pelosi will be as competent a leader as Tip O'Neill, but I am hoping.