We are being betrayed by those we elected to represent us.
If the Senate vote over the weekend proved anything, it is that word “moderate” is synonymous with “spineless” on both sides of the aisle. (Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary offers this definition, among others: “Having average or less than average quality.” No kidding.)
Senator Mary Landrieu sells her vote for a $300m check for Louisiana, and then brags that just because she voted for cloture doesn’t mean she’ll vote for the bill, whatever it looks like when it’s done. Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska hope you won’t notice that while it takes 60 votes for cloture or to end debate on a bill, it only takes 51 votes to pass the damn thing.
So, while Landrieu, Lincoln and Nelson could have used their power as “moderates” to stop debate on the monstrosity currently festering in the Senate (and thus postpone the possibility of passage), they can’t stop passage even if they do vote against the bill.
So much for the so-called “moderate” Democrats.
But this takeover of the private sector cannot be laid solely at the feet of those limp-wristed sellouts in the Senate. The elections in 2006 and 2008 set the stage for this looming catastrophe. All you right-wing voters who stayed home, voted for a third-party candidate, or otherwise registered a “protest” vote in those two elections, how’s that “lesson” for Republicans working out for you? I wrote at the time - and I was far from the only one - that the “lesson,” such as it was, would be learned at the country’s expense. And so we are discovering, as the most radical Congress in the history of the country prepares to take over one-sixth of the nation’s economy. If they and President Obama get their way, this will be followed by hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes for cap-and-trade, and hundreds of billions on top of that extorted by some faceless and unaccountable international bureaucracy to pay what is now being called the United States’ “climate debt” to other nations.
Do any of these charlatans and thieves understand that all of this money they are spending is ours????
Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.