In my opinion, President Obama extended an olive branch to Rebublicans this week, and so did the Democrats, by putting billions of dollars worth of tax cuts into the Stimulus Package. Never mind that most economist said tax cuts go into savings or paying off debt instead of into the economy. Yet, because of (pork? spending?) every single Republican in the House voted NO. Why? To prove a point on this first major vote of the Obama Administration - where he actually went to them and listened? Did that happen under the previous administration?
What does it mean? Do Republicans now want to stop all spending after RECORD spending under their leadership? They say it's going to cost too much - and it didn't then? They complain about pork - and thankfully after a lot of that came to light it was trimmed. And yet they voted against it. Well if you're going to have to do it on your own, then you might as well strip all of the goodies for Republicans and barrel the money into clean energy!
What does it mean for our own campaign. Imagine that as a best case scenario, the Pickens Plan generated 1.4 million calls/emails to the House this week (taking into account the many who didn't participate and the many others who went into overdrive). You can't say that no one called, because the lines were busy when I called! What does it mean that we weren't able to convince any Republicans to sign on?
I guess they are going for broke, because if Obama actually rights this Titanic, then more of them will be voted out in two years. Or maybe (assuming they cared) they want to save America from a bad economy, foreign oil and more, by sitting on their hands. What happened to the Republican members who pledged to support the Pickens Plan? Did Boone not say that we need this thing to pass because of the green spending in it? Hmmm. Maybe Republicans knew it would pass and decided to cover their butts by voting against... but that can't be since it would mean the same old dumb politics, right?
Whatever it was, I can't see much Bipartisanship in the foreseeable future. This means - as perhaps it always did, that We The People are going to have to fix this country without any real coorporation from Washington. You can bet that it will continue to be politics as usual - with Democrats being Democrats, Republicans being Republicans, and the rest of us outside of D.C. shaking our heads in disbelief.
Where am I wrong?
OK, the Senate votes on their version Next Week. What can the Pickens Plan do that's meaningful?
We can do it. Our friends across the water did!