Monday :: Jan 24, 2005

A Tale Of Two Agendas - More Tax Cuts, Or Helping People


by Steve

Today, both the Senate Republicans and the Senate Democrats introduced their agendas for the next two years, and given the background that Frist and Denny Hastert have to be accountable for when carrying water for George W. Bush, you can quickly see why Bill Frist and Denny Hastert are sweating and why Harry Reid should be a happy guy tonight.

While Bill Frist introduced an agenda today that called for making Bushís tax cuts permanent, the Democrats called for fiscal accountability.

While Bill Fristís president asked for another $80 billion for Iraq, catching his own party by surprise, he and his administration say that Medicaid and Medicare will have to be cut because there isnít enough money. Yet the Democrats called for improving the health care system for all today. Have the Republicans done anything in recent months to fix the problems created by the corporate welfare Medicare drug bill and the coverage gaps it foists upon seniors? No, but the Democrats called for fixing that today.

The only concern Republicans showed today for the plight of the uninsured was to seek to take away the rights of patients to sue in state courts, and to push once again for health savings accounts that do nothing for those at the bottom of the income scale. Meanwhile, Democrats called for extending coverage to more children, mothers, and mothers-to-be.

Did Bill Frist or the White House say anything about improving the lives of our soldiers and their families today? No, but they did talk about drilling for more oil and keeping 120,000 of our soldiers trapped in Iraq for the next two years. It was left to the Democrats to take care of the troops today.

Did the Republicans talk at all today about improving our ability to fight terror overseas? No, that was left once again to the Democrats.

Did the Republicans make education a major priority today with any detailed plans? No, but they will push for a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Did the Republicans talk about voting reform today?

Are you kidding?

So it is a good day to be a Democrat, because days like today show just how bankrupt the GOP really is.

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