Politics over promises Posted by: McQ
on Friday, December 29, 2006
As the time approaches for the convening of the Democratically led 110th Congress, signs that Democrat campaign promises were nothing more than electoral hot air are becoming more numerous. The Democratic Party website offers the following promise:
We are committed to immediate change to lead our country in a new direction, to put an end to Republican business as usual, and to make certain our nation's leaders serve the people's interests, not special interests.
Yet it is apparent that in terms of political advantage (the most special of special interests) and earmarks, Democrats are more in tune with "business as usual" than any "new direction".
The 110th Congress has not even been sworn into office. But in a measure of the determination not to surrender the majority in two years, Representative Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive speaker, has instructed aides to begin acting immediately to help Democrats who won by small margins in districts where President Bush did well in 2004 or who coasted in because their opponents were mired by controversy. Those new members are methodically being given coveted spots on high-profile committees, in particular the Financial Services Committee, a magnet for campaign contributions, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a platform from which to send money for projects back home.