Strip the Pork, Send it back

There's been talk of the right strategy following the veto.

Seems to me that the simplest solution is to strip the pork out of the bill, and send it back.  Stripping out the pork takes away a Republican talking point. That talking point is designed to reinforce the constant Republican drumbeat that all legislation is political, that all actions are partisan and therefore not substantive.

There's been talk of the right strategy following the veto.

Seems to me that the simplest solution is to strip the pork out of the bill, and send it back.  Stripping out the pork takes away a Republican talking point. That talking point is designed to reinforce the constant Republican drumbeat that all legislation is political, that all actions are partisan and therefore not substantive.

We don't need the pork to hold the weak-willed anymore. If one of the pork beneficiaries changes his vote, he'll expose himself as unprincipled and, if not corrupt, motivated by short term, selfish ends.  That, of course, is only true if the bill is otherwise unchanged.

Stripping out the pork may also give cover to some Class II senators in trouble, like Sununu. He can attirbute his first no vote to a  vote against pork, which fits his general small government posturing.  By making it the focus of his sneering opposition, Bush raised the importance of the presence of the pork, which, again, gives more cover to Senators who are looking at their poll numbers.  They know that if things are bad now, they are only going to get worse if they don't get out from under this war.

I ran into a Congressional staffer today. She said that there's no way a veto can be overridden. That's certainly true of this bill.  And probably true of the next. But those 21 senators who are up in 08 may not hang in for a failed occupation for a third time.

Strip the pork. Send it back.

Tags: Bush, Iraq, Iraq War, Senate, Veto, war (all tags)

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Re: Strip the Pork, Send it back
    This would be great if there was an agreed defintion of what was pork. The nearest I have found is this: if it is our tax dollars spend on what benefits you it is pork... and if it is our tax dollars spend on me it is the work of statemanship.  Even on my dumbest days that appears just a tad too subjective to get saluted no matter which flag pole I raise it on.  
    This whole pork phobia is something manufactured by Grover Norquist and those who believe that it is evil for taxpayers to ask to have their tax money spend on them but it is virtuous for their tax money to go to subsidize tax cuts for millionaires and industries that ship jobs overseas.
   Let's get real here, my friend.  Sex, money, athletics and politics are America's sports and none of these are bad in proportion.
by Steve Love 2007-03-30 07:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Strip the Pork, Send it back

In this case, let's define it as expenditures unrelated to the Iraq occupation.

Here's a partial list. (pdf)

by jayackroyd 2007-03-30 07:57AM | 0 recs
Agreed

of course it may not be possible to get it through the house without it, but keeping it in allows Bush and Republicans to shift the debate.

and it does smack of hypocrasy a bit.

by okamichan13 2007-03-30 08:20AM | 0 recs

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