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Will Democrats pass the 911 Reforms?

A couple articles suggesting they would not pass the 911 reforms but then it kind of went underwater.

I thought it was a good thing to do, a good campaign promise by Dems to get on top of national security issue for 2006 and 2008.

If they don't make good in the promise, it will backfire on them so I'm kind of concerned they are fudging it.

What's the scoop?

by BrionLutz 2006-12-04 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Democrats pass the 911 Reforms?

I read that article. I thought it blew things out of proportion a little. You don't reorganize Congress on the fly. Putting together a study group makes a lot of sense. To focus on internal issues now would be a huge distraction.

by thirdestate 2006-12-04 09:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Democrats pass the 911 Reforms?

I don't consider a committment to pass 911 Reforms an "internal issue" or a distraction.

I think it's key to holding Congress and gaining presidency in 2008.

National Security is Democrats most vulnerable issue. The promise to pass 911 Reforms helped overcome that and the failure to do as promised hurts in two ways.

1. Dems shown as not being trusworthy on national security.

2. Dems not keeping campaign promise then (2006) so why trust them now (2008).

by BrionLutz 2006-12-04 10:22AM | 0 recs
How to keet the Dems feet to the fire

I fear that now the Dems are in control they will get the same disease as the Repubs - being owned by the lobbists.  

From reports it seem that K street firms are hiring Dems left and right to protect things like Drug companies & Defense contractors.  

How to we let them know that we are watching and they just don't want to go there -

by mwfolsom 2006-12-04 09:34AM | 0 recs
Re: How to keet the Dems feet to the fire

Yeah, until we get public financing, things are going to be tough. Although I do believe that Republicans are more psychologically vulnerable to corruption than Republicans are....

by thirdestate 2006-12-04 09:47AM | 0 recs
Another Democratic presidential hopeful out

They're dropping like flies -- another potential candidate pulls his hat out of the ring!

by Jeff Coryell 2006-12-04 09:53AM | 0 recs
Romney's ideal worker?

Quiet, underpaid and illegal. Many of you may have missed it over the weekend, but Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney criticized a Teamster Local Union for pushing an open meetings violation through the courts to save jobs on a state turnpike. According to the Boston Herald, Romney "criticized the lawsuit as a last-ditch effort by overpaid union workers to preserve exorbitant wages and patronage at the Pike."

I find it more than ironic that Romney has the wherewithal to judge fair compensation for union workers, but is incapable of realizing that most of his landscapers are illegal immigrants.

by Teamsters 2006-12-04 10:15AM | 0 recs


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