Obama’s Real Opposition – The Democratic Congress

I can’t wait for the two to beat the crap out of each other, but it will happen. Mistress Pelosi, Leatherboy Frank, and Reid the Mafiosi will try to make Obama submit to their whims. Great article in today’s WSJ on the battle about to start in 2009:

Mr. Obama may appreciate the threat, because yesterday he offered Clinton White House veteran Rahm Emanuel a job as his chief of staff. But even that savvy, relatively sane liberal will have difficulties grappling with the fearsome committee chairmen and liberal interest groups that did so much to sabotage Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Meet the President-elect’s real opposition:
David Obey. The Appropriations Chairman wants to slash defense spending as a money grab for more social programs and entitlements. Fellow spender Barney Frank recently added that a military budget cut of 25% was about right. A military crash diet wouldn’t leave the funds for the surge in Afghanistan that Mr. Obama advocates, and it’s a sure way to hand the national security issue back to the GOP.
Chuck Schumer. The Senate Democrat and his friends are already threatening banks if they don’t lend more money instantly under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Other political masters want to use Tarp to nationalize large swaths of U.S. industry such as the Detroit auto makers or to bail out states like New York that are in debt. If Mr. Obama doesn’t want to have to pass a Tarp II, he’ll have to say no.
George Miller. Some Democrats are starting to target the tax subsidies for 401(k)s and other private retirement options. Mr. Miller, who heads the House Education and Labor Committee, calls them “a big failure” and recently held a hearing to ponder alternatives, including nationalizing pensions and replacing them with special bonds administered by Social Security. The proposal has also caught the eye of Jim McDermott, who chairs the relevant Ways and Means subcommittee. Mr. Obama won big with his promise of tax cuts for the middle class, which doesn’t square with attacks on middle-class nest eggs.
John Conyers. The man running House Judiciary is cheerleading the Europeans who want to indict Bush officials for war crimes. Other Democrats are thinking about hearings and other show trials. This is far from the postpartisan reconciliation that Mr. Obama preaches.
Henry Waxman. With President Bush soon to be out of office, the Californian’s team of Inspector Clouseaus at House Oversight won’t have any “scandals” left to pursue. The word in Washington is that Mr. Waxman is looking to unseat John Dingell as Chairman of Energy and Commerce, in order to shove aside a global warming moderate. That could pave the way for huge new energy taxes. Voters will punish Mr. Obama if they get hammered every time they fill up the gas tank or buy groceries.
Pete Stark. The Chairman of a crucial House subcommittee dealing with health care doesn’t think Mr. Obama’s proposal to significantly federalize the insurance market goes far enough. He wants a single-payer system like Canada’s. Mr. Obama may want to strike a deal with Senate Republicans on health care, but Mr. Stark will be pulling him left at every turn.

All of these feudal lords — and many others — also come with their own private armies: the interest groups that compose the money and manpower of today’s Democratic Party. The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch and others on the anti-antiterror left want Mr. Obama to limit the surveillance and other tools that have prevented another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense will insist on onerous caps — that is, taxes — on coal and other carbon energy. Those won’t help Mr. Obama carry Ohio and Indiana again in four years.
The trial bar wants an end to arbitration in disputes in return on its Senate investment, while the National Education Association will try to gut No Child Left Behind accountability standards. And organized labor will insist on a major push to pass “card check,” which would end secret-ballot elections for unions. If Mr. Obama wants to mobilize the business community against him while squeezing moderate Democrats, he’ll go along with that right from the start.
While many voters may think they’ve voted for “change” in Mr. Obama, they also handed power to the oldest forces in the Old Democratic Party. Jimmy Carter campaigned as a moderate and outsider, but Congressional liberals quickly ran his budget director, the economic centrist Bert Lance, out of town. Then they overrode Mr. Carter’s veto of a pork-barrel water bill. Mr. Carter referred to the tax committees as “ravenous wolves” after they transformed his tax reform into a special-interest bouquet. Next came Reagan.
Bill Clinton also campaigned as a moderate, but in his first two years he was unable to govern as Congress pursued liberal priorities, including a big boost in taxes and spending. Recall Roberta Achtenberg as the scourge of the Boy Scouts and Joycelyn Elders calling for the legalization of drugs? Mr. Clinton chose — or was forced — to take up gun control and HillaryCare before welfare reform. Next came Newt Gingrich.
Maybe Mr. Obama has absorbed these lessons, but even if he has he’ll have to be tough. The Great Society liberals who dominate Congress are old men in a hurry, and they’ll run over the 47-year-old neophyte if he lets them.

7 thoughts on “Obama’s Real Opposition – The Democratic Congress”

  1. I don’t see Obama minding these ideas all that much. He may have campaigned as a centrist, but I always thought he had more in common with these people than he showed. He may allow most of this stuff to go through.
    Anyone seen Pippin, the musical, lately?

  2. yeah but he wants to be the top dog and the congress will stand in his way; he will be their lackey which for us is good for our chances of regaining congress at some point

  3. Cigar Mike, what I fear is that these poor hispanics from these third world countries will continue immigrating to the US and continue voting for these leftists. This will truly sink this country. How can conservatives appeal to more hispanics to get more of them to vote for conservatives without compromising our principals? I mean Obama overwhelmingly won the hispanic vote. How can we neutralize this advantage by getting more of these hispanics to vote for conservatives.

  4. In general Hispanics all over Latin America are programed from a young age to be gov’t slaves. Well that is until they see the light. hahaha

  5. This is great stuff ~ I was thinking yesterday that Obie may have what he wanted in a legislative majority, but these liberal power thugs may end up cannibalizing each other. It’s endemic with them; their collective egos don’t fit in the Capitol bldg. Pull up a chair and grab the popcorn. It will ge so much fun to watch.

  6. David the answer is that Hispanics are entrepreneurial social conservatives that mistrust government. We need to stop treating them like hardened criminals because the magnet of a free and prosperous country attracted them here.
    Our country needs immigration. Our population is aging and the only reason it’s not aging faster is because of the high birth rates among Hispanics.
    We need comprehensive immigration reform that allows a path toward citizenship (and we missed the golden opportunity to do it when we had the WH and congress to take the credit for it) and then we need outreach.

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