Thursday, April 19, 2007

Time for Dems to shoot straight

By Libby

What is going to take for the Democratic Party to stand up and show some gravitas on the Iraq funding bill? Do we need to send them an effin' engraved invitation to hitch up their trousers and make a principled stand on setting on a deadline for the occupation of Iraq? I'm really, really tired of reading statements like this:
"I believe ... that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week," Reid told journalists.

Reid said he had delivered the same message to US President George W. Bush on Wednesday, when the US president met with senior lawmakers to discuss how to end a standoff over an emergency war funding bill.

Only to see it followed up with news accounts like this:
Congressional Democratic leaders are moving to make their proposed timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq "advisory" as they seek to reconcile two versions of war spending legislation into a single bill that they plan to pass next week, according to several House members.

The compromise language would keep the deadlines included in the original House bill but make them nonbinding, as the Senate version did, and would allow President Bush to waive troop-readiness standards, lawmakers said.

What is the bloody problem here? Tough rhetoric doesn't mean jack if they don't follow it up with action to back up the words. What's the point of wasting time and our tax dollars in passing non-binding resolutions? Either the Dems stand for something or they're just fooling around trying to fool the voters into believing they're earning their money.

I call bullshit on all this political posturing. The Democrats need to pass a bill with a fixed metrics and let Bush veto the damn thing if he's really going to. Then the onus will be on him for failing to fund the troops. If they can't override the veto, then I at least we'll have a vote count of just who is willing to stand up and represent the will of people and who isn't.

The pols on both sides can be sure, no one is going to forget what they're doing right now and will act accordingly in 08. If the incumbents think they're going to keep their seats safe by trying to play both sides against the middle, they had better think again. The people want leadership, not gamesmenship. The Dems need to stop shooting wild and aim for the target, or by 08 the people's refrain is most likely to be, throw all the bums out.

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