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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rebellious Democrats demand Pelosi knock off the dictator crap

The Hill is reporting that there is a small revolt amongst Democrats in the House (HT to Captain Ed) and they're looking to Steny Hoyer to stand up against her seemingly totalitarian antics:

A group of more than 50 House Democrats has penned a letter to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) imploring him to “restore this institution” and see that the House returns to a “regular order” process of legislating.

The letter, signed by a large number of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition and the centrist New Democratic Coalition, has not yet been sent. Members are still gathering signatures in an effort to send the strongest signal possible to all top House Democrats that the caucus is up in arms over the top-down method of legislating employed by Democrats since late last year.

Hoyer, and not Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was chosen as the recipient not because he is viewed as the prime enemy, but “because this group has no better friend in this fight” than the majority leader — who is widely respected across the ideological spectrum for his adherence to rules and procedures — an aide said.

“You and Speaker Pelosi have each been quoted repeatedly as noting that the country must be governed from the middle, employing bipartisanship to solve our problems; we proudly and strongly affirm that view,” the members wrote. “One of the most basic but vital tools we have at our disposal to encourage bipartisanship is regular order in the House and Senate.”

Since last year, many senior House Democrats — many of them subcommittee chairmen — have grown overly frustrated with how only small and select bands of legislators have been responsible for writing bills, such as the $700 billion Wall Street bailout as well as much of the $819 billion economic stimulus bill.

Democratic leaders have acknowledged that the “regular order” process of methodically developing and writing bills in subcommittees and committees has been abandoned recently. But they have defended the handling of such sensitive and important legislation by only an exclusive group of leadership and senior lawmakers as a necessary tactic during exceptional times.

They have also said that, despite the truncated process, Pelosi has made extraordinary efforts to solicit and include ideas from the caucus — a view many rank-and-file Democrats shared.Democratic leaders also have promised — both to their members in private and in public — to return to regular order as soon as the emergency economic stimulus bill was completed.

Now at least 50 Democrats are calling the Speaker’s hand.

“Committees must function thoroughly and inclusively, and cooperation must ensue between the parties and the houses to ensure that our legislative tactics enable rather than impede progress,” the members wrote. “In general, we must engender an atmosphere that allows partisan games to cease and collaboration to succeed.”

Along with their demands, Democrats also included a stark warning to their leaders: change or become the Republicans you spent your years in the minority vilifying.

“Under one-party Republican rule, this noble institution, to which we are all democratically elected, deteriorated,” they wrote. “We lost sight of our shared values and common goals, because in many cases, the Congress wasn’t operating as it should. Without regular order governing our daily function, Members often had little opportunity to work together in a bipartisan basis, to find our common purpose.

“Without thorough hearings on important issues, opportunities to amend and improve bills, or the ability to conference legislation, Republicans isolated the power of 435 diverse voices into the hands of a very few,” the letter continues. “We believe that improper governance disserved the institution of Congress and ultimately disserved the American people.”

Republicans chastised Pelosi for shutting them out of the bill-writing process in justifying their unanimous votes against the House stimulus bill last week.

Pelosi defended her handling of the bill — which she broke up in three parts and sent to three different committees, where it was subject to full markups — as appropriate and inclusive.

“We reached out to the Republicans all along the way, and they know it,” she told reporters last week. “They just didn’t have the ideas that had the support of the majority of the people in the Congress.”

At the same time, many of the 11 Democrats who voted against the stimulus bill — including Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who has signed the letter — said they also objected to the process.

And others, including Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), said their frustration over how the bill was hastily put together almost led them to vote against it, as well.

Kudos to the Blue Dogs for taking a stand against Pelosi. It's an outright lie that her and her coalition of cronies reached out to Republicans. If they had, we'd see more of their ideas in the Pork-A-Palooza. We don't. The only "tax cuts" in the bill aren't even tax cuts. They're tax credits, and the majority of them are focused on the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) which is available to those who get the bulk, if not all, of their taxes back at the end of the year. Not even Tip O'Neil pulled this sort of crap when he was House Speaker.

Steny Hoyer is the perfect man to go to on this because he and Pelosi have butted heads int he past. In fact, if they could get a few more Blue Dogs on board, they might be able to call for a new vote, and oust Pelosi from the Speaker's position. That would be a welcome change that everyone could agree on. Who would take the Speaker's gavel? Steny Hoyer, of course, which is who should have had it to begin with. Nancy Pelosi, AKA Granny Rictus, is an incompetent, partisan hack that prefers the rule of force as opposed to the rule of law to oversee the House.

A healthy government has both sides working together on legislation that is supposed to be beneficial to the nation. That's why the House of Representatives was referred to as "the people's house" because that's where the people of this nation had their voice. Pelosi and her partisan cronies have chucked that out the window in favor of allowing only the caucus/party elites to craft legislation. That's not democracy. It's the worst sort of partisan behavior.

Pelosi needs to be reigned in. If she doesn't want to listen to her caucus, then it's up to the caucus to deal with her. If that means they have to remove her, then so be it. We doubt there'll be too many tears shed over such a move. Of course, sweet justice could come in 2010 if the GOP can find someone wildly popular in her district (I know, fat chance) to oust her from the seat she has stained with her partisan hackery.

Publius II


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ebruary 3, 2009 (LPAC)--Lyndon LaRouche today reiterated his call for the immediate ouster of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, and charged that both Pelosi and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, knowingly conspired to bankrupt the United States.

"From the time that I first issued my proposal for a Homeowners and Banks Protection Act (HBPA) during my July 25, 2007 international webcast, Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Frank openly collaborated with the likes of Felix Rohatyn and George Soros, to kill that legislation, knowing that the alternative would be the total bankruptcy of the United States," LaRouche declared. "Throughout the autumn of 2007, state and local elected officials from all over the country--Democrats and Republicans alike--threw their support behind my HBPA. Yet, despite that unprecedented mobilization in support of a freeze on foreclosures and a bankruptcy reorganization of the entire U.S. Federal Reserve banking system, Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Frank suppressed any Congressional action. I know this for a fact."

LaRouche continued, "From the outset, leading figures within the Democratic Party, including leading members of the U.S. Congress, told my associates that the HBPA would work, and that it would enjoy wide bipartisan support. At one point, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) read the full text of the HBPA into the record of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the banking crisis. Despite this, the HBPA was blocked."

LaRouche demanded to know: "Why did Pelosi and Frank block any action on the HBPA? What role did George Soros and Felix Rohatyn, to name just two leading figures with great influence on Speaker Pelosi, have on the decision to suppress the only legislation that would have prevented the nightmare collapse of the entire banking system that we are now experiencing?"

LaRouche called for an immediate inquiry, by the appropriate Congressional committee, "and without interference by Pelosi or Frank," to get answers to these questions. "Today, it is still not too late to pass the HBPA. If anything, the need for this legislation is more urgent than it was in July 2007, when I first put it forward. The entire Federal Reserve System is hopelessly, irreversibly bankrupt, and Pelosi and Frank bear personal responsibility for this crisis. Had they not suppressed the HBPA, and, instead, pushed the multi-trillion dollar bailout of their friends on Wall Street, we would not be in the mess we are in today. Now, because of the willful actions by Pelosi and Frank, it is urgent that we get to the bottom of that sabotage, to make sure that it never happens agai

February 4, 2009 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, don't confuse me with the other ANonymous;)

Those of us who live in California have know for a long time: Pelosi is nuts, she embarasses us often, this latest blurt is no exception.

But sometimes even this nut gets it right: we DO need this "stimulus package". It is basic Macroeconomics, it has been known since Keynes wrote his 1936 classic "The General Theory". The Republicans are LYING when they say that tax cuts stimulate the economy.

You don't have to take my word for it: Google "paul krugman new york times" and READ the article written by this Econ Nobel Prize winner.

February 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM  

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