Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Alpo Accounts: Democrats have a plan; it's called "Social Security" 

EJ Dionne explains why it's important that no bill at all gets passed:

That the president is fixing the Social Security reform game should be obvious. The most basic corruption of the process is the way the Republican congressional leadership has transformed the bargaining that once took place between the House and the Senate.

In the old days, when each house produced different versions of the same bill, a "conference" committee typically including members of both parties from both houses would thrash out the details and reach a compromise. Now the Republicans will concede whatever is necessary to get a bill out of the Senate, even as the lockstep-Republican House produces a right-wing version of the same proposal. In conferences, Republicans routinely freeze out all but the most pliable Democrats. The supposed "compromise" that emerges is not a compromise at all. Democrats who go along become enablers of a game being played with a stacked deck.
(via WaPo)

So, since any "compromise" by Dems is going to get removed in conference, what's the point in compromising? No bill is better than a bad bill.

There's nothing wrong with "obstructing" destructionists!

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