That almost makes it sound as though I flat out denied the Republicans had forwarded alternatives at all, but I'm sure you wouldn't be that disgenous. What they did was present some sketches and prostrate themselves for being the abused minority party, pretty much just so they could claim afterwards that they were not the party of no ideas. That might fly by people with short attention spans, but they receive no credit from me. Now if you can come up with a reason for why they deserve credit other than they technically did something (nowhere near what they were capable of doing), Iíll submit defeat on that point.You're not supposed to point out that conservatives and republicans have stated alternatives. Then, when you do point that out, they'll complain how they've not tried to pass any legitimate legislation on it since this started while completely ignoring the fact that doing so would be a futile waste of time since the republicans are in a large minority and any bill would essentially be DOA.
As it is, the constitution of the Democratic Party and Republican policy history suggests there was much more they could have done, had they been genuinely interested in securing the best possible policy change on their terms. As it is, that has not been their focus. They don't care about the issues at stake anymore than they did during the Bush Administration when everyone was fretting about them but nobody was doing anything about them.
Ö I donít know what measurements you are going by. Iíll assume they have adjusted for the soaring middle class debt (sarcasm Ė Iím not really going to assume that at all). Also, there was an explosion in middle class toward the beginning of the second half of the 20th century which would Ďoverallí tip the scales toward an increase, but thatís as trivial as it is true.You really need to check your statistics.
If folks are disappearing from the "middle class", it's because they are getting richer, not poorer. Poverty rates overall have been declining for decades.
Yeah, that's what I said.But I'm more enjoying watching Morality Games being filled with the essence of GWB and channeling him in perfect "With us or against us" rhetoric.
First of all, the more the Republicans don't engage on the issue, the happier I am. That decreases the number of influences dividing the Democratic Party and thus toning down the strength of the reform. I don't want them with me -- against me is really what I expect and what I want. I've stated again and again on many threads that I think attempting to be bipartisan with Republicans is a colossal waste of time.
But speaking on theoretical grounds, as salaried public officials who represent constituencies and have a duty to address budgetary concerns, they are responsible for their lack of engagement.