David Brooks has an interesting muse in today NY Times Op-ed pages: Let’s Make A Deal talking about Bill Frist and the “Nuclear Option” to destroy the Senate fillibuster.
But Brooks has (unintentionally) hit the nail on the head about this entire Bush Administration and GOP controlled Congress with this sentence:
”If you are leading one of the greatest democratic institutions in history, it's irresponsible to lead it into this bloody unknown if a deal on the table will give you much of what you want. As one senator who supports changing the filibuster rules says, "Is this what you want on your obit?"
It captures the essence of the complete overreach and irresponsible power grabbing going on from the pinnacle of power on down -- to re-vamp and re-make many of these issues in contravention of the overwhelming poll numbers which show Americans (by a strong Majority) DO NOT favor these things:
· Changing the filibuster rules: Throwing away two hundred years of Senate precedent for a handful of extremist judicial nominees.
· Changing the GOP Senate ethics rules: Weakening their own party standards to protect one House majority Leader: Tom DeLay. (Finally back-peddled this week).
· Changing the Environmental Protections rules with Bush’s “Clear Skies” proposals to make the air and water dirtier: Gee, it’s worked so well for 20 yrs – Lets’ Scrap IT.
· Changing the Soc. Security System: Again, Gee, it’s worked so well for &0 yrs – Lets’ Scrap IT.
And this list goes on…These folks are NOT about “The People’s Business” as expressed by the Majority of Americans -- but their own personal, private agendas and missions.
"Is this what you (WE) want on your (OUR) obit?"
Karen on 05.01.05 @ 07:23 AM CST