OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Monday, June 12, 2006 :::

Whispers of a Democratic "Contract"

Via Investors Business Daily:

Since 1992 they have been transparently envious of the Newt Gingrich-inspired "Contract with America," which, by stressing a rollback of government, vaulted the Republicans into control of Capitol Hill.

Consequently, for months we've been hearing about the apparently aimless efforts of Reid, Pelosi & Co. to cobble together their own version of a contract with voters. This past week a draft, curiously called "6 for '06," finally seeped into the blogosphere:

1. A minimum wage increase.

2. Repealing the portion of the Medicare prescription drug law that prevents Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices.

3. Implementing all of the 9-11 commission's homeland security recommendations.

4. Reinstating pay-as-you-go budget rules.

5. Making college more affordable.

6. A sixth plank that has not yet been settled on.

Not exactly the sort of items that stir the blood. And given Jim Moran's colorful statement about earmarks (see below), plank number 4 won't be worth the paper it's printed on.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 6/12/2006 3 comments


"You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they also produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." -- Orson Welles, The Third Man

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