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October 6, 2006

Pelosi - "Drain The Swamp"

-- by Dave Johnson

Pelosi says she would drain GOP 'swamp',

Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."

Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds — "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 6, 2006 8:06 AM

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Good story about a sharp politician. Her plan sounds good to me!

Nothing's going to change, though, unless people get out there and VOTE! I think the big danger is that too many people are likely to just stay home and not bother to vote. So please, VOTE! And don't complain about the results if you don't bother to vote.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 6, 2006 10:00 AM

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are going to "drain the swamp"? I almost fell out of my chair laughing... they're as deeply embedded in the system as the Republicans? The Democrats are going to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation" - how can anyone take that statement seriously?!? Name one legislative body anywhere, controlled by the Democrats, that has done this?!?

The second proposal is window dressing.

The third one is good.. but progressive states and localities have already set standards that exceed this - and the real fight will be over whether or not the minimum wage is "indexed". I don't see Pelosi saying anything about that here.

... and "pay as you go" says nothing about re-evaluating overall federal spending priorities... if the Democrats continue letting the war in Iraq bleed the country dry, then nothing is going to change.

... and notice that she doesn't say ANYTHING about THE WAR. HELLO! What's the biggest issue facing the country?!? THE WAR!!! HELLO?!?

Posted by: Thomas Leavitt [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 7, 2006 1:40 PM

As contrasted with Green candidates, entirely funded by Republicans, working to help elect Christian Theocracy supporters in Pennsylvania?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 7, 2006 3:16 PM

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