Thursday, July 02, 2009
Al Franken goes to Washington! now what?
This could be the biggest thing in decades for Progressives. For the first time in 31 years a party has a filibuster proof majority. Let's now get a public option on Health care, energy reform, the environment, cap and trade. What is cap and trade?
It is time to change the country! I was peeved Coleman dragged this out. 7 months! I am glad he finally did the right thing and conceded. I don't want to hear that he was a big man for conceding and Congratulating Franken he should have done that 6 months ago. Minnesota can now have their two Senators their deserved Representation. I think like Jessie Ventura did as Governor Al Franken is going to surprise a lot of people and represent Minnesotan's well.
This is a huge victory. Now it is time to put up or shut up. Get on with our agenda! Reid and Pelosi have been using the 60 seats as a crutch. The crutch is gone. Time to stop talking and walk the walk. Time to put up or shut up. Democrats went soft on the public option plan. What it is and who is afraid of public option Health care.
The third longest vacancy in US history is over though the Democratic party is not in lock step it is time to come together and stand up! No more excuses. This is a historic opportunity and we better take advantage of it. If Democrats are to be emboldened now is the time. Time to stop being wishy washy and grow some back bone/ Time for Democrats to stop fighting Obama. It took 239 days to get Al Franken seated. Time to put him to work and not just in Minnesota.
Democrats finally have their super majority. Time to get the peoples wok done. Obama has disappointed me in many of the decisions he has made in staying in line with Bush the Destroyer. All in all we have had a pretty good progressive agenda up to now. Now Reid and Pelosi better grow some backbone and make it great. Republicans have long drawn a line in the sand. I do not see them cross that line. I just want to see the independents including the 13 Senators who have voted with Bush in the past stick with Obama.
Michael Steele said he was very disappointed that Coleman gave up without going to the Supreme Court. I can see why. Republicans are now under pressure. The pup tent party has isolated themselves and they will further. They should change their name to the Southern party. The South is about all they have anymore. Obama has an ambitious agenda and he and Democrats must be careful of not over playing their hand. They must keep their 60 ducks in a row. It is deliver time but the pressure is on both sides.
Democrats are still fighting themselves. We and they are not all progressives. Obama so far to me has not been aggressive enough with the Senate. It is time to put the squeeze on but I don't know. It is going to be critical but it is not Obama's style. However it is essential as this is a sobering ambitious agenda. A bit intimidating actually!
* In closing We are in serious trouble in many instances. Public Health care to me is an absolute necessity to proceed successfully into the future as a society as we know it. That said we are moving towards 50 million uninsured. Right or wrong we are told Obama's plan will only cover 16 million at a cost of 1 trillion dollars. Thus to me we are looking at $3 trillion and you know it will only get more expensive. It is never cheaper but a lot more expensive than they say. I am overwhelmed thinking about it all. We are damned if we do damned if we don't. What a friggen mess Bush made of us and the world in his "success" Damn it, we better hope, just hope!