After a hard-fought victory on health care reform, President Barack Obama’s allies in Congress are pledging to move forward on climate change — but some environmentalists remain skeptical.
Twenty-two Democratic senators have signed a letter calling for climate legislation within the year, although some observers question whether the White House will want another divisive vote as November midterm elections approach.Senator John Kerry, the chief architect of climate legislation, said White House officials can now “pour their energy and attention” into the issue after Sunday’s down-to-the-wire vote on expanding health care coverage.
“In the wake of health care’s passage, we have a strong case to make that this can be the next breakthrough legislative fight,” the Massachusetts Democrat argued on Monday.
“Climate legislation is the single best opportunity we have to create jobs, reduce pollution and stop sending billions overseas for foreign oil from countries that would do us harm,” Kerry said.
“If we sell those arguments, we’ve got a winning issue on jobs, on security and on public health. This can happen.”
The Socialst monster marches on. Hide your women and children!
Trust me, it’s coming. The off shore oil exploration statement is a door opener. Alinsky is alive and well. Tell them what they want to hear and then stick it to them, obviously in a subtle manner of course. It’s coming. Just a matter of when.
Washingtonâ€™s conventional wisdom for explaining the intensity of GOP obstructionism toward Obama
breaks down one of two ways: either itâ€™s a philosophical disagreement over the role of government or
a desperate need to stay in line with a radicalized right-wing base.
But there is another way to view the GOP political strategy, as neither principled nor reactive to the rantings
of Tea Partiers, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. It is that the Republicans are following a playbook that has
evolved over more than four decades, to regain power by sabotaging Democratic presidents.
In this analysis, the Republicans believe they can reclaim the lucrative levers of national authority by making the
country as ungovernable as possible while a Democrat is in the White House, essentially holding governance
hostage until they are restored to power. Then, the Democrats are expected to behave as a docile opposition
â€œfor the good of the countryâ€ (and usually do).
The â€œdestroy Obamaâ€ game plan tracks most closely with Newt Gingrichâ€™s strategy for undermining Bill Clinton
16 years ago. But todayâ€™s strategy also traces back to Nixonâ€™s sabotage of LBJ’s Vietnam peace talks in 1968
and Reaganâ€™s October Surprise gambit against Carterâ€™s Iran hostage negotiations in 1980.
In all four cases â€“ covering the last four Democratic presidencies â€“ the Republicans did not behave as a loyal
opposition but rather as a single-minded political enemy that viewed the White House as its birthright and
Democratic control of the Executive Branch as illegitimate.
I think you had better re-read the facts going back before you make your “opinions” known. Fact is a little different than an opinion. Damn, I forgot, Alinsky didn’t believe so, nor teach you same. Damn, he was a good instructor wasn’t he? My mentors taught me to listen, learn and us the knowledge gained, not to chastise, demean, dishonor, nor disrespect your adversary. If wrong, correct yourself, if right, never back down!! Times are a changing.