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Welcome to The Grand Illusion: Pelosi, Get Real

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LP Cover from the 80’s band “Styx” entitled
Welcome to The Grand Illusion

Yeah, Yeah, I know, TWO posts in one day?  What is going on?!

 Well, I came across this awesome piece in the Washington Post and just *had* to share!   Read the article in its entirety below , the link is here.

The Speaker’s Grand Illusion
Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats Need to Get Real About What They’ve Accomplished

By David S. Broder
Thursday, December 27, 2007; A17

After one year of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, public approval ratings for Congress have sunk below their level when Republicans were still in control. A Post poll this month put the approval score at 32 percent, the disapproval at 60.

In the last such survey during Republican control, congressional approval was 36 percent. So what are the Democrats to make of that? They could be using this interregnum before the start of their second year to evaluate their strategy and improve their standing. But if Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House and leader of their new majority, is to be believed, they are, instead, going to brag about their achievements.

In a year-end “fact sheet,” her office proclaimed that “the Democratic-led House is listening to the American people and providing the New Direction the people voted for in November. The House has passed a wide range of measures to make America safer, restore the American dream and restore accountability. (Marc’s CommentaryAccountability? Like in the over 9,000 earmarks in the $555 BILLION recent Spending Bill) We are proud of the progress made this session and recognize that more needs to be done.”

While surveys by The Post and other news organizations show that the public believes little or nothing of value has been accomplished in a year of bitter partisan wrangling on Capitol Hill, Pelosi claims that “the House has had a remarkable level of achievement over the first year, passing 130 key measures — with nearly 70 percent passing with significant bipartisan support.”

That figure is achieved by setting the bar conveniently low — measuring as bipartisan any issue in which even 50 House Republicans broke ranks to vote with the Democrats. Thus, a party-line vote in which Democrats supported but most Republicans opposed criminal penalties for price-gouging on gasoline was converted, in Pelosi’s accounting, into a “bipartisan” vote because it was backed by 56 Republicans.

There is more sleight of hand in her figures. Among the “key measures” counted in the news release are voice votes to protect infants from unsafe cribs and high chairs, and votes to require drain covers in pools and spas. Such wins bulk up the statistics. Many other “victories” credited to the House were later undone by the Senate, including all the restrictions on the deployment of troops in Iraq. And on 46 of the measures passed by the House, more than one-third of the total, the notation is added, “The president has threatened to veto,” or has already vetoed, the bill.

One would think that this high level of institutional warfare would be of concern to the Democrats. But there is no suggestion in this recital that any adjustment to the nation’s priorities may be required. If Pelosi is to be believed, the Democrats will keep challenging the Bush veto strategy for the remaining 12 months of his term — and leave it up to him to make any compromises.

An honest assessment of the year would credit the Democrats with some achievements. They passed an overdue increase in the minimum wage and wrote some useful ethics legislation. They finally took the first steps to increase the pressure on Detroit to improve auto mileage efficiency.

But much of the year’s political energy was squandered on futile efforts to micromanage the strategy in Iraq, and in the end, the Democrats yielded every point to the president. That left their presidential candidates arguing for measures in Iraq that have limited relevance to events on the ground — a potential weak point in the coming election.

The major Democratic presidential hopefuls all have their political careers rooted in Congress, and the vulnerabilities of that Congress will in time come home to roost with them. Today, Democrats take some comfort from the fact that their approval ratings in Congress look marginally better than the Republicans’. In the most recent Post poll, Democrats are at 40 percent approval; Republicans, at 32 percent. But more disapprove than approve of both parties.

That is another reason it behooves the Democrats to get real about their own record on Capitol Hill. It needs improvement. And in less than a year, the voters will deliver their own verdict.

davidbroder@washpost.com

“Marc has a new fave at the WaPo”

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DailyKos: Some messed up compass!

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aka “The Daily Whine”

I have, and always will be, a firm believer in the old adage, “Know thy enemy”.  With that said, I have decided that there is a need from time to time to stroll over to the Daily Kos and see what kind of drivel they are conjuring up.  Well, to comically quote Peanut, the purple furry ape in ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s comedy act, “OH MY GOD!”

 Left of Center has taken on a whole new meaning!  The post that caught my eye on this visit to the Kosacks was this one, here. It addresses the ever popular “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” on the simple act of providing some sort of photo ID when voting in this country. Now, after reading the long winded post by Avenging Angel, I guess that some people missed the “common sense line” when they were born.

We, as a nation, regardless of political affiliation, are regularly asked to present some form of Photo ID when we do any of the following:

Cash a Check
Pay with a Check
Use a Credit Card
Open a Bank Account
Close a Bank Account
Pick Up a Child at School
Apply for a Passport
Travel within the United States
Travel outside of the United States
When we are pulled over by Law Enforcement
When we are questioned by Law Enforcement
Applying for a job
Applying for almost any kind of insurance
Entering a Government Building
Renting a Car ….

…… I think you get the point. So, why? Why is it so far fetched to simply ask for some sort of photo ID when heading to the Voting Booth? We do it in all different facets of our daily lives without even thinking about it, yet it makes people on the far left go NUTS when it is used in the context of voting! They claim that it is an attack on their party, it will keep Democrats from going to the polls. Huh? And the worst part is, most Americans already have a Driver’s License or a State Issued photo ID card and many of us have passports as well. So, I guess the question is, what percentage of Voting Americans will be turned away from going to the polls by refusing to obtain some sort of Photo ID?

“…the Indiana, Georgia and other similar laws are an essential ingredient of the Republican strategy of “Divide, Suppress and Conquer” which aims to drive down the participation of potential Democratic and independent voters through unprecented redistricting, curbs on registration, onerous new ID requirements, and polling place eligibility challenges…”

Why is voting being singled out while other such mundane tasks as banking are considered acceptable?

Redistricting? (Is that even in the legislation?)

Curb Registration? It hasn’t stopped people from getting Driver’s Licenses, what makes the Left think that is will effect voters?

ID Requirements? There are ID requirement for just about everything on this planet – let alone in this Nation! The EU has even more stringent use of photo IDs and all the other nations of the Western World. Hmm, I wonder if they know about the ID cards that are required in some Middle-Eastern nations? The ones where they (GASP!) include an individual’s religion!

Poling Place Eligibility Challenges? So, should we be assuming that all polling places are now run, nationwide, by we neo-cons? Does that mean that we should expect different behavior from poll workers during the Democratic Primaries vs. the Republican Primaries? What in God’s name are these people thinking???

So, I guess they have no problem with all the other kinds of fraud that goes on in our nation today. Social Security Fraud, Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud, Tax Fraud … all of these types of fraud cost our nation and taxpayers billions each year. Why then, please just let me ask why, we can’t tackle voter fraud?

Ok, I want to see hard numbers. I want to see this Avenging Angel to go out into a highly Democratic Congressional District and ask potential voters how to curb voter fraud. Who wants to bet the farm that over 80% will say that a photo ID will suffice?

Once again, the Left does what it does best, whine and not present a logical, well thought out alternative. But then again, they have no time for that because they only actively participate in the Blame Game.

*eyes rolling*

*sigh*

– Marc

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Washington Post: Spitzer Abandons Immigrant Licenses

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YES!  The WaPo is reporting  here that NY Governor Elliot Spitzer has decided to throw in the towel on the immigrant license plan!  As a proud New Yorker myself, I was thrilled to read this latest news.  Yet the sheer beauty of it all is that the Dems fell on their own sword on this one.   I seriously doubt it would have taken center stage at if it were for the Democratic Presidential Debate, so I actually get to thank her for that.  Spitzer all about had this one in the bag it appeared, yet when it became a national debate fodder with Hillary’s inability to say YES or NO, it became dynamite.

 It was interesting to read via the WaPo that approximately 70% of New Yorkers were against the licenses.  I actually found that somewhat of a surprise, a welcomed surprise to say the least.  I sense that no state wants to be the “first” to put the nail in the coffin of what citizenship stands for.  In all honestly, aside from the right to vote, what else do illegals have to gain?  They are eligible for social services, public and private educations, they can have bank accounts and loans, they work, pay minimal taxes, can drive cars, get insurance and get a license.   What else is really left?

 Yet, I am wondering of either the Hillary Campaign or the Democratic Party itself, asked Spitzer to fall on his sword to get this issue out of the news cycle.   What do you think?

 UPDATE 11/15 @ 10:26 am:  It seems that after a Democratic pow-wow in Washington, Clinton now supports Spitzer’s actions in abandoning licenses for immigrants and has decided to make immigration center stage.  More here.

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Dick Morris: Are Hillary and Bill imploding?

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Like it or not, Dick Morris has an insider’s view to the Clintons that can only be rivaled by George Stephanoplis. Morris’ take on the former First Family is much more than water-cooler fodder and politically minded Americans truly need to listen to him. As I have commented on other blogs, few here in New York believe that Hillary cares for our great state, we were merely a springboard to her run for the White House. The reasons for choosing New York were many I am sure, none being more enticing than the amount of money she could generate from the wealthiest of New Yorkers.

Yet, what Hillary never took into consideration is the one thing, particularly since 9/11, that makes New Yorkers who were are. We demand many things, one of them being loyalty. You don’t have to go much beyond Yankee Stadium to have a visual perception of this fact. Many of us around the Empire State are keenly aware of the fact that Hillary used us and are none too happy about it.

Here Dick Morris nails Hillary for her smoke and mirrors routine and the fact that Bill is far too involved with the day to events of her campaign. Simply put Hillary cannot have it both ways yet, that is exactly what she is trying to do. She tries to appear strong in standing up to the Boys Club but yet when they push back she retreats to the female portion of the Democratic Party based to stir up some more publicity. Make no mistake about it, Hillary’s appearance at Welsley the day after the most recent Presidential Debate was no fluke. It was methodically planned. If she got stomped on, she could have a Ladies Night to complain about the men or if she had a successful debate, she could scream “Girl Power” with her alma mater fan club. As Dick Morris regularly reminds us, everything in the Clinton Camp is methodically planned and scheduled, not much unlike a movie script.

Yet the question is, has all of the marketing and publicity leading up to this film’s faux -pas ridden premiere by the leading couple that the voting public just isn’t going to spend their hard earned votes on this film that is sure to flop?

Let’s just say that I’m sure that the majority of loyal New Yorkers will not be waiting in line to see this film.

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