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Saturday, February 11, 2006

blogging the obvious: Congress 2006

As readers of this site can tell...I've been focused on the 2006 Congressional elections lately. Obvious, huhn?

Here's something obvious about Congress and 2006.

Congress passes laws and controls the purse strings. Congress creates the budgets that run our government. Congress oversees and investigates. Congress is where we turn for long term solutions to long term problems and for redress of governmental failures (Health Care, Social Security, Katrina, the intelligence failures that led to our war in Iraq.) Congress is also, both in its lawmaking function and it its power to oversee the process of amending the Constitution itself, the most direct check the citizens of this nation have on the judiciary outside of our input into the nomination process.

For all these reasons, 2006 is a year we should elect a Democratic majority to the US Congress...and to state legislatures across the country.

The GOP Congress is corrupt, they are profligate in their spending, their budgets are full of pork and misplaced priorities, they have abdicated their oversight and investigatory responsibilities, they move in lock step with GOP leadership, they have failed to investigate, failed to remedy, and failed to address in a meaningful way the long term challenges that face our nation. They have nominated judges outside the mainstream.

We don't simply need a Democratic majority in Congress. We need a new breed of Democrats. Democrats who can work to make government work again. Democrats who aren't simply going to change the flavor of the impasse in DC. We need to elect Democrats who take it as their duty to move this nation forward and make Congress work for the people again.

When Congress is broken...our Democracy is broken. With no checks....there is no balance.

It's 2006....and it's time for new leadership in DC. How about it Democrats?

3 Comments:

  • Democrats need a compelling message and some compelling spokepersons. Right now our message is fragmented and the most honest messenger the party has is Al Gore, who has been so marginalized by the media, that he is almost tranparent.

    We need to come up with message that is more engaging than: "we don't suck as much as the Republicans."

    By Blogger RJB, at 12:37 PM  

  • Gotta See This:
    A Birdshot Pellet Has Migrated to The Heart of The Man Shot by Dick Cheney

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,184846,00.html

    By Blogger Luther, at 3:31 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:03 AM  

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