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September 25, 2006

Imagine a Democratic Congress

Chris Bowers has a partial list of what would change if we manage to pull off this election and take back both houses of Congress.  Here's his list:

  • No more Joe Lieberman. Like ever.
  • No more wailing and gnashing of teeth over how Democrats need to do better among religious voters, evangelical voters, "values" voters--whatever you want to call it. No longer will Democrats be told we have to work to swing the Republican base in order win elections.
  • No more wailing and gnashing of teeth over how Democrats need to do better among "security moms," Latinos, southerners, exurbia, the border states, or any other newly invented pseudo-demographic that tries to explain Republican victories in a way that the David Brooks set can conceptualize.
  • No more "Karl Rove is a genius" discussions (although we will have to tolerate the "Rahm Emmanuel is a genius" discussions).
  • Lots of "Bush is a lame duck" discussions.
  • Talk of a big Democratic trifecta in 2008.
  • No more discussions over privatizing Social Security, increasing the Bush tax cuts, invading Iran, ending Net Neutrality, destroying the estate tax, deporting immigrants, Samuel Alito 2 on the Supreme Court, CAFTA 2, or anything else that either passed narrowly or was defeated narrowly in the last two years. None of that will even be on the table or ever come up for a vote.
  • Fights over real election reform, real increases to the minimum wage, real energy security, real global warming initiatives, and real increases in health care coverage. Those will all be so popular that Bush will be hard pressed to stop anything that a Democratic Congress passes. And that is just for starters.
  • Real investigations into Iraq war intelligence, Iraq war profiteering, warrant-less wiretapping, journalist payola propaganda, and everything John Conyers sees fit to investigate.
  • No more "the netroots are dangerous and unelectable" discussions (OK, maybe I am too optimistic on that one.
  • The greatly decreased relevance of David Broder.
  • Instead of George Bush being Time's "Person of the Year," it will probably be "the blogger" or something like that.

One of the MyDD commenters, msnook, added a few:

  • I'd like my habeas corpus back please.
  • I'd like every soldier to have body armor.
  • I'd like every veteran to have health care (that means a ride to the damn hospital!).
  • No more no-bid or cost-plus contracts.
  • I'd like fewer 3-letter acronyms, can John Conyers investigate that?
  • I know the country isn't ready for it yet, but we should really abolish the death penalty soon. And if Democrats gain ground for a few cycles, we might could put that back on the table.
  • A "Defense of Marriage" act that enforced child support, dealt with domestic abuse and spousal rape, ensured children guardians ad litem that made a living wage, and didn't once mention sexual orientation except to preclude it from consideration in the adoption process.
  • Fund our public schools, pay our teachers, buy our children books.
  • Defund the war on pot.
  • Dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.
  • Give me back my student loans.
  • Make gifts of college tuition tax-deductible.

I'd add a couple to these lists:

  • A real conservation/energy/public transportation policy
  • No more unfunded mandates for the states
  • Public financing of elections  

What would you add?

I often despair that we are simply going to be cleaning up after the 6 worst years of our nation's history.  So, I'm glad to take a moment to see what we might be able to do in a positive direction as well.  And of course this is only a momentary glimpse of a possible future.  We have a lot of work to do in the next 43 days. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 25, 2006 at 11:32 AM in National and International Politics, Policy | Permalink



Stuff I hadn`t even thought about yet

Let us not forget that no votes have been cast yet and "We the poeple..." still have a lot of work to do before we can start acting on these lists

We need to keep the Diebold Factor in mind and in view all the time

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." - Niccol├│ Machiavell

Posted by: daCascadian | Sep 25, 2006 4:19:49 PM

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