Sunday, February 8, 2009

Why Bi-Partisanship Doesn’t Work

I’m not sure I can summon the correct amount of snark to match the great wits over at Sadly, No! who originated the “shorter” concept but I’m willing to take a stab at it. So here goes.

Shorter Glen Dean:
Republicans crafted a bunch of really lousy bills over the past eight years, which just proves I was right all along and government is the problem not the solution. Nyah nyah nyah.

Glen forgets that No Child Left Behind and the Medicare Prescription Drug bill and the rest were all vigorously fought by progressives who saw them for what they are: expensive boondoggles benefiting big corporations, HMOs, the insurance industry, politically-connected partisans like Neil Bush and other wealthy elites. They did very little for low-income and middle-class folks, though that’s who foot the bill.

We fought against these measures because it was bad legislation. We were overruled by the Republicans who were in charge and the Democrats who wanted to “reach across the aisle” in a spirit of bipartisanship.

And now the far right is using this as an excuse for not supporting the economic stimulus because their party fucked it up the last time.

So I have a steaming cup of STFU for you people -- and by “you people,” I do include Blue Dogs like Jim Cooper and Harold Ford Jr. in the House and Demcorats like Ben Nelson in the Senate.

Look, let me make it simple. They say crafting legislation is like making sausage. But if you’re a Democrat and you’re helping the Republicans put rancid sausage onto people’s plates, then don’t be shocked when they come back and tell you they don’t like sausage.

We deserve better than this.