Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Goodbye Republican Majority.

Today, January 3rd, 2007 is the last official day of the 109th US Congress, and the last day of the Republican Majority. This is the last day that the legislative branch of our nation acts as a tool of the White House. This is the last day in which Bush is immune for his crimes against the Constitution. This is the last day the GOP can give Bush a blank check in Iraq and massive taxpayer-funded no bid contracts to Halliburton. This is the last day that the Reich wing can spy on American citizens with impunity in violation of the 4th Amendment. This is the last day that government officials hired by the GOP can write business-friendly legislation or executive rulings and then immediately be hired by the very businesses they were supposed to regulate. The Christian fundamentalists have been locked into their cages. Tom DeLay is looking at possible prison time. Randy “Duke” Cunningham is living life behind bars. Bob Ney has resigned his post and plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States. The Republican reign of terror is over.

With the new Democratically-controlled Congress the first Muslim and the first two Buddhist Representatives will serve. The first woman to serve as House Speaker will head up the new Democratic Majority. 16 Women will serve in the US Senate, the highest number in US history.

The Democrats have quite a task ahead of them. Wages have stagnated for millions of Americans and the minimum wage hasn’t been raised in 10 years. The federal budget is screwed to hell with massive deficits, spending is out of control, and trillions of dollars in tax cuts have been made for those Americans who can most easily afford to pay them. No oversight exists with private war contractors and profiteers. Our nation’s election system is still vulnerable to electronic hacking. Health care CEOs are making billions in yearly salaries and millions of Americans have no health care at all. Record numbers of personal bankruptcies are being filed to pay health care bills. And last but certainly not least, George W. Bush has acted with impunity for 6 years against the American People.

Make no mistake. Things are about to change, and change real quick. Just about everyone now has heard Pelosi state that “impeachment is off the table”. Is that really the case? Will it be possible to keep impeachment off the table once investigations begin? I’m guessing it won’t be long before we all find out.


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