The saying "You break it, you own it" applies to politicians in
Washington, D.C. With the addition of Senator Al Franken (D-MN),
liberals completely control federal legislative and executive
President Barack Obama has governed as a liberal, not the
moderate senator he portrayed himself as during the campaign. Now,
Democrats and liberal Independents have 60 votes in the Senate and
the power to stifle debate. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) dominates the legislative process. The far left-controlled
federal government is on the verge of implementing an agenda of
government run health care, another federal spending program
disguised as a "stimulus," a Federal Reserve with no transparency
and a frightening weakening of America's military.
The American people should understand that Obama, Pelosi and
Reid have complete power to pass legislation. They'll own the
results of their legislative agenda and can't blame Republicans for
a broken economy.
Roll Call reported last week that Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-NV) has jettisoned a bipartisan approach to health care
reform in the hope the Senate can pass a bill without alienating
the far left of his party. Democrats now have 60 votes and can
block Republicans if they complain about a lack of input on the
details of the bill. Vice President Joe Biden wants a comprehensive
health care bill by the end of the year.
In the House, Republicans and the group Let Freedom Ring are
demanding that members pledge not to vote on any healthcare reform
bill they have not read. This idea made House Majority Whip Steny
Hoyer (D-MD) laugh.
Meanwhile, the Senate is being asked to pass a bill in the next
few weeks, and nobody has had time to study the details of the
bill. Senator Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) bill is being considered in
committee yet has billions in missing legislative language; Senator
Max Baucus' (D-MT) bill has been in negotiations although the
bill's language hasn't been given to other Senators or the
Since lawmakers are considering the most comprehensive overhaul
of health care law in our lifetimes, Americans ought to demand they
at least do so out in the open.
stimulus Part Two
When Obama sold his $787 billion dollar, so-called "stimulus
Plan," he promised it would save or create between 3 and 4 millions
jobs. At the time, unemployment was at 7.2%. Today most economists
and the Obama administration admit unemployment might reach
Although the President's first "stimulus" package looks like a
failure, it appears Obama's ready to double down on the idea that
another big government stimulus package will spur economic
For Members of Congress and the American people, there's been no
specific explanation of what would be included in a new stimulus
plan. The last stimulus was loaded with special interest projects
and some infrastructure, which clearly aren't "saving" or
Conservatives need to point out the economic fact that the
President's plan for new government spending can't provide
long-term stimulus for the economy. Liberals seem to believe that
all government spending spurs economic growth. In reality, low
taxes, an end to oppressive regulatory schemes and no longer
bailing out failing businesses are three common sense ideas that
would provide real stimulus to the economy.
Audit the Fed
What do a Libertarian and a Socialist have in common? They both
want to see the Federal Reserve subject to more transparency in its
decision making. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and Senator Bernie
Sanders (I-VT) have introduced legislation, the "Federal Reserve
Sunshine Act of 2009," to provide an audit of the Fed before the
end of 2010.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) offered an Amendment to implement the
Paul-Sanders idea last week on an appropriations bill and the
Senate Majority used a procedural tactic to block the DeMint
Amendment. With the Fed creating trillions in new dollars and on
the verge of getting grand new powers to regulate financial firms
and banks, transparency is the least the American people can ask
If there's one constant in American politics, it's that the
left-leaning politicians will always oppose ballistic missile
defense. Their opinion seems based not on geopolitics or
technology, but on dogma.
Unfortunately, President Obama falls into this camp and seems
committed to let missile defense wither on the vine, from his slow
bleed of missile defense research and deployment to his retreat on
the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Luckily, conservatives including Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
are fighting for American security. Conservatives will try to
increase funding for missile defense and assure any agreement with
Russia won't limit America's strategic missile defense system.
Americans should embrace missile defense and aggressively question
those who want to jettison the program. Our future may depend on
Brian Darling is director of U.S.
Senate Relations at The Heritage Foundation