Democrats could have stopped Bush agenda at any time
September 5, 2008
To the Editor:
I always read with amusement how the Democrats rant and rave about the 2001 “Bush tax cuts” as if President Bush and a partisan Congress rammed this bill through Congress. How time does blur the facts.
The facts are when this bill was passed on May 18, 2001, the Senate Democrats had a one-vote majority. The 2000 election left the Senate with an even 50-50 split and Trent Lott, R-Miss., as the majority leader. Before voting on this bill, Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., changed his party affiliation to an Independent, leaving the Democrats with a 50-49-1 majority.
Tom Daschle, D-S.D., took over as the majority leader June 6. The point being Senate Democrats could have easily killed this bill. They didn’t and the final vote was not very close. So, let’s not always blame Bush for everything. With such a narrow majority margin for either party in the Senate the Democrats could have killed any piece of legislation during the entire time Bush has been in office if they worked at it.
In fact, Sen. McCain was one of two Republicans who voted against the “Bush tax cuts,” although he is now for extending them.
The tax cut bill does not expire for three more years, so to complain about it now is nothing more than political posturing over a bill they actually passed in the first place during a non-election year. Democrats always like to use the “tax the rich” mantra in election years. Two years ago, new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who had been the House minority leader for several years, said in her speech to Congress, “The election of 2006 was a call to change ” not merely the call to change Congress, but for a new direction for our country.” In essence, she said now that the Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House things will change ” we’ll get this country on the right track ” we’ll get gas below $2.00 a gallon.
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What have they done? Can anyone please name the top 5 meaningful pieces of legislation passed by the 110th Congress? Oh, Bush will just veto any legislation you say? Isn’t that better than doing nothing? Things changed all right. The 110th Congress is going down as the least productive in recent history and they have a lower approval rating than, yes, President Bush.
By the way, Tom Daschle was the first Senate majority leader in history to be voted out of office, in 2004, a fate that could happen again to the House Speaker this year.