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!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Border Explorer said...

//Time to put up or shut up.//

Amen, Jim! I'll be very interested to see if things really move now...or if the truth of this corrupt system is that the two major parties are simply Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the whole legislature is actually corporate-owned and lobby-controlled.

an average patriot said...

Hi Billie
Nice to see you! I am afraid it is worse than Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Only the party's and their desire matter to them not Obama's agenda. I said from day one he is on his own, now we will see!

Holte Ender said...

I have the fear that 60 seats will not be enough, the opportunity for some democratic senators to vote against any major healthcare bill to make a name for themselves will be too hard for them to resist. I would love to be wrong on this.

an average patriot said...

Hi Holte Welcome!
I have the same fear because but party's care only about themselves and their agenda not Obama's. He is on his own!

Jolly Roger said...

The 60 seat number is an illusion when you have Nelson, Lincoln, Baucus, Pryor, and DINO Feinstein in those numbers. I don't think anyone should hold their breaths.

Demeur said...

I think there's a bunch of Dems that have either bought into the republican BS or they're bought by the healthcare industry. They know that once there's a public option most employers will go with the cheaper option there by ending their little cash cow.

an average patriot said...

You're right! They are now going to have to put up or shut and they will do neither. As I have said from the beginning Obama is on his own. The two parties are care about their selfish agenda. At least the country will see no one is on their side.

an average patriot said...

Both, I am so sick of hearing the BS! Obama Is On His Own. I do not see him getting anything worthwhile for the people because they do not matter the party's do.

Lisa Allender said...

Gee, I surely hope Health Care IS a concern, and gets addressed.There's NO excuse for this country not having health care AVAILABLE to any/all who need it. Period.