Recently, shock waves went through the political world when long-time public servant, Senator Olympia Snowe, decided to not run for re-election this year. No one saw this coming, no one. It seemed to come out of the clear blue sky. She isn’t that old, her health is good, and she is generally held in high regard.
So why is she leaving? Senator Snowe issued a statement detailing the reasons why recently, ans said people really shouldn’t have been so surprised at her decision. In essence, she said, “I’ve been trying to tell you.” The reasons she cites are striking, and are food for thought:
[snip] During the Federal Convention of 1787, James Madison wrote in his Notes of Debates that “the use of the Senate is to consist in its proceedings with more coolness, with more system, and with more wisdom, than the popular branch.” Indeed, the Founding Fathers intended the Senate to serve as an institutional check that ensures all voices are heard and considered, because while our constitutional democracy is premised on majority rule, it is also grounded in a commitment to minority rights.
Yet more than 200 years later, the greatest deliberative body in history is not living up to its billing. The Senate of today routinely jettisons regular order, as evidenced by the body’s failure to pass a budget for more than 1,000 days; serially legislates by political brinkmanship, as demonstrated by the debt-ceiling debacle of August that should have been addressed the previous January; and habitually eschews full debate and an open amendment process in favor of competing, up-or-down, take-it-or-leave-it proposals. We witnessed this again in December with votes on two separate proposals for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.
Here we go again. This administration thinks that it only need to repeat a baseless assertion over and over again and it will miraculously be both believable and the truth. And it relies on a docile media, a few agenda-driven pundittoheads, and a public that doesn’t check any facts at all. The Panderer in Chief said Saturday,
I’m going to keep doing everything I can to help you save money on gas, both right now and in the future,” Obama said. “I hope politicians from both sides of the aisle join me.
Well, buster, you’ve had three years to actually do something to turn this economy around. But in lieu of working on those issues that affect all Americans, e.g., gasoline prices, you chose to increase the size and scope of government and the number of bureaucrats, which enable its further and unmitigated intrusion into matters not its business.
We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices — not when we consume 20 percent of the world’s oil,
Do you know how stupid that statement is, Barry? What you implying is that an increase in the supply of oil would not make a difference in its price and further you imply by your own actions that an investment in alternate forms of energy will lower gas prices. Indeed even in your hopelessly pedestrian SOTU, you doubled down on the losing strategy of funding alternate forms of energy, which then go belly up, enriching the backers of this tripe and leaving us with the damn bill. The problem, as anyone with even a modicum of gray matter can understand, is that we aren’t drilling for the oil we need to run the machinery that powers our economy. But you insist on a silly argument that is analogous to postulating that the price of gold would go down if only we mined for more silver. It is an argument bereft of logic on its face and you know it but because your appeal lies with the lowest-common denominator who believe everything they read and hear, you will likely get away with it…yet again Continue reading