Now that the celebrations are over since we “took back” the House of Representatives a stark new reality is taking place in Congress. Rather than cede the “Lame Duck” session the progressives (both Republicans and Democrats) have decided to try to run the table and pass all sorts of legislation. Unfortunately extending the “Bush” tax cuts seems to be pretty low on the legislative agenda.
The first volley seems to be the Food Safety Modernization Act prompted by the egg recall this past summer. There are a lot of stories, myths, talking points about this legislation from regulating your home garden to safe food everywhere for everyone. The truth lies somewhere in between. What the act will do is grow government with no provision for how to pay for it. It’s as if they cannot waste a crisis to get things passed. Me feeling that this Act is just the framework for burdensome government regulations to follow and more POWER to the Food and Drug Administration.
Also on the legislative clipboard:
- Repeal of Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the military. I don’t have a strong feeling either way on this issue, but most military people feel that having openly gay people serving in the military would cause problems. I am talking about real military people, not those who work directly for this White House. Since these citizens put their lives on the line to protect our freedom we should heed to their will.
- Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid are reportedly ready to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote. It’s not your or my dreams, but the dreams of illegal immigrants as it will allow illegal immigrants to move to the front of the line if they came here illegally before the age of 16 and have managed to remain “in the shadows” or uncaught for five years. They would become citizens and presumably Democrat voters if they attend college for two years (which I guess that we’ll pay for) or join the military. Why on earth would we accept illegal immigrants into our military?
- Not one to be left behind, Michelle Obama is pushing The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act aimed at improving nutrition for all kids. Who could be against that? It seems to have broad support but it looks like more government intervention, more costs, and more nanny-state entitlements. My predictions is that schools will end up providing three square meals per day to students further removing their parents responsibilities. My daughter packs her lunch every day and will they “protect” her by searching her brown bag? I would rather support The Parents Are Responsible For Their Kids Act. Though no such act is actually been proposed.
- The White House also want to push through the ratification of START (nuclear arms reduction treaty) that Obama signed with Russia. Obama is in quite a hurry to ratify since it is not likely to pass once the new class of conservative senators is sworn in. The Associated Press reports that Obama is dangling lots of money in front of Senator Kyle (R-AZ) to get his support. My question is if it is such a good treaty, why does the White House have to bribe Senators to ratify it.
- If you love the web you’ll be unhappy to know that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an internet censorship bill named The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. It was described by Wired magazine as “the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” Hey let’s give partisan Attorney General Eric Holder unfettered power over the Internet.
- Is there any doubt that Democrats want to repay the hundreds of millions of dollars donated to their campaigns by labor unions? Expect to see Card Check to brought forward as it is likely to die once the new Congress begins in January. My guess is that union leadership is in panic mode at this point.
- In a related payback to labor unions Senator Tom Harkins (D-Iowa) is pushing measures to bail out union pensions and create a government run Guaranteed Retirement Account. Of course you will be required to give up your private pension, give the government your IRA, and pay some specified percentage of your income to more “fairly” distribute retirement funds. That sounds a lot like the Social Security ponzi scheme that is expected to go in the red as soon as next year. Do they really think that we’ll fall for that again?
- The American Spectator reports that Congress is hoping to pass a plethora of land bills before this session of Congress closes. Actually they called it a “lame duck land grab” and in rather strong words said, “Immediately upon taking office, President Obama rushed to seal off our domestic energy supplies from public access. In a frenzied offensive, he intensified the long-running, multi-front campaign by his allies seeking to block production and use of the abundant coal lying beneath the ground. Obama vowed new policies to “bankrupt” coal and cause energy prices to “necessarily skyrocket.” America’s ability to supply oil and gas was already dangerously threatened by inane measures severely limiting domestic production.” For some reason this White House wants to limit our ability to provide reasonably-priced energy for ourselves.
- I don’t know if this is really on the progressive agenda or just liberals pushing their “holiday list” (they don’t like using the whole Christmas theme), but scientists are pushing The Stem Cell Advancement Research Act. Remember that there are no restrictions on stem cell research. George Bush didn’t stop stem cell research, he just wouldn’t authorize tax dollars be used to fund destroying human embryos for research. The “advancement” is just a fancy way to say give us lots and lots of Obamamoney to pay our salaries.
- They’d also like to push Cap n’ Trade
- No word on whether they’ll push a little know measure to count every Democrat vote as two for every Republican vote. [You just know that they’d love that, but don’t quite have the “nerve” to propose it just yet]
This has been mind-numbing to realize how much damage that they can wreak with very little to lose. They actually have taken comfort in the fact that the far left of the Democrat party fared well in the recent elections and that moderates were dumped. It is an interesting, though frightful, evaluation of the historic wins by Republicans.