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November 22, 2005
Government for (some of) the people

And, while we're talking about insensitivity and callous contempt for the majority of the people our elected officials are pretending to represent?

E. J. Dionne suggests that we Bring Democracy to Congress

After immense pressure from Republican leaders, the House passed $50 billion in budget cuts -- including reductions in Medicaid, food stamps and child support enforcement -- on a 217 to 215 vote. Republicans who pride themselves on being moderate had their arms twisted into backing the bill, partly on the basis of promises that many of the cuts it contained wouldn't survive in House-Senate negotiations.

Not a single Democrat was willing to vote for the budget, because there are far better ways to cut the deficit. Rep. Jim Ramstad, a Minnesota Republican who dissented from his party, made the case against the budget as well as anyone. "We should cut the pork," he told the Washington Times, "not the poor."

Indeed. But poor people, you understand, don't make campaign contributions.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:22 AM