Contact Buzz wrote:Agreed. The only thing a Congressman or Senator has is his vote and the ability to bargain with it. Norquist takes that from them.
norquist has the power to take votes away from congressmen and senators? by what authority?
Even you can see the problem when legislators have to sign the pledge to get the financing and backing of the republican establishment to get elected.
The gov't taxes, spends and borrows. In the deficit and budget negotiations there are no other bargaining points other than raising or lowering taxes and raising and lowering spending. When you preclude half of the legislative body from even considering one side of that equation for fear of backlash from within their own party, how does that leave any posibility of a workable solution. Remember that we are starting all this with the Bush tax cuts in place which was done on borrowed money to begin with. I've never seen a non partisan analysis that hasn't said that both sides must be on the table and that includes medicare and social security.
When Ryan voted against the Simpson Bowles commision proposal he was critical that the commisions very existence took power away from the congress to find solutions to the problem. How does anyone take this seriously when the only reason the commision was formed was to find a way around a congress that couldn't even take one small step towards a solution. And still can't. This is a man who is not interested in fixing problems and should not have been re-elected to his seat in congress much less have been on the republican ticket. It's another example of how the republicans are only interested in politically advantageous solutions regardless of whether they are good for the country.