They are all fourth grade girls

Ed sends this.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee was forced to cancel a hearing as was the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweeted today : “Disappointed. Rs refusing to allow hearings today. Had to cancel my oversight hearing on police training contracts in Afghanistan.”

Sen. Mark Udall also complained that he had to delay a hearing on the cause of Western forest fires.

Guess why.

6 responses to “They are all fourth grade girls

  1. The Dems were warned about both the Nuclear Option and Pelosi’s “Twofer” but chose to ignore the warning since they were the majority.

    Well…when you sow the wind you have to expect to reap the whirlwind.

    It’s downhill for the Dems until November, then its out the door on their butts for a bunch of them.

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    • They’re still acting like kids who didn’t get the prize at the birthday party.

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      • True, but the Dems are – have have been repeatedly and consistently – just as “childish.”

        For myself, I happy with the GOP’s response and hope that they stick with it. There’s nothing pressing that the current regime can or will do for the betterment of the country, so having it effectively shutdown is a net benefit.

        Think about it; beyond some bullshit what do we really need them for? Their usefulness is solely predicated upon our perceived need for their “services.”

        How much of what they do – GOP or Dem – do we, the People really need? We do, after all, have State governments that USED TO do most of this for us.

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        • [We do, after all, have State governments that USED TO do most of this for us]

          jonolan – I don’t think that could possibly work today for 300 million people and in this modern world. We’d split into regional ‘countries’ before you could even shout “just kidding!”

          When you say ‘used to do most of this” when do you mean? 19th century? 20th century? pre WWII or post WWII. I don’t know a time in my own life when the Federal govt wasn’t the dominant fact of life. Growing up we didn’t know our governor’s name half the itme, but we always knew who the president was!

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          • The federal government’s response to the Great Depression truly started the consolidation of power, but it faded back a bit after that – for a while.

            It really started going downhill in WW2 and immediately after. Then the anti-federalist wave truly picked up speed in the 1960s.

            Reducing the power of the federal government back to more constitutional limits wouldn’t fragment the nation. In fact, it would strengthen it since many of the political battles we fight these days would be smaller in individual scale.

            Think about it. Did the nation go crazy when Massachusetts setup “universal healthcare” or when Hawaii found out that their “universal healthcare” for children was unsustainable? No.

            Prop 8 got nationwide coverage due to it being California, but Florida’s heinous Prop 2 was ignored outside the state.

            Subsidiarity is a good thing. It places the power closer to the people and limits the scope of mistakes.

            And finally – States can’t function on deficit budgets. The more control that is returned to the states the fiscally responsible our nation’s government is forced to become.

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  2. [It really started going downhill in WW2 and immediately after. ]

    I agree that the fed/state balance was profoundly changed because of WWII. And I would opine that the reason was the war – it made us a nation. One people. Guys who’d never been more than 100 miles of where they were born served with guys from everywhere in the country. They got to know each other.

    After the war, the combinations of the GI Bill, the economic boom and the interstate system got Americans moving. Before the war, most people lived and died where they were born. After the war, it became common for families to move more than once and to live thier lives in multiple states.

    The change wasn’t because of what happened in DC so much as because of what happened to us. To the people. We changed.

    As for that debt/budget thing. I may be repeating myself, but we formed this nation in deep debt. It’s been the very exceptional decade when we haven’t been in debt. Not saying it’s good or bad, it just is.

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