By - December 16, 2010

Beware The Lame Ducks

Don’t approach a wounded animal.  This is a good rule to live by unless we are talking about the Lame-Duck Congress.  This is a lame animal that has to be approached.

Before the elections in November we here at Red State Report were warning people to be vigilant because the democrats were going to try to push through a number of liberal goodies during the lame-duck session.

The premonition (actually it is just a matter of knowing the dems) is coming true.  Sen. Reid and Nancy Pelosi are pushing legislation through their respective bodies that are liberal dreams and there are a few Republicans that are going along for the ride on certain issues.  The big issues are as follows:

  1. The Dream Act.  This is a dream for Sen. Reid, President Obama and illegal aliens because it seeks to give citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.  This does nothing for those who are seeking citizenship through the normal legal means.
  2. The 2010 Omnibus bill.  This is a $1.1 trillion dollar bill that funds the government through 2011.  This lame-duck congress is already trying to deciding the future for the 2011 congress.  The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform billCongress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents.  Republicans have sworn to de-fund the health care bill and here is a start.  The Republicans have to do everything they can to stop this bill, that gives $1 billion to fund health care.
  3. START Treaty.  This is a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.  I’m sorry, what year is this?  Is it 1980 or 2010?  First of all, why are we worried about an arms treaty with Russia?  Russia has a $1 trillion economy compared to our $17 trillion economy.   Putin (I know he is not the president of Russia, but he might as well be) can try to keep up with the US if he likes but he won’t be able to.  Second, this treaty restricts the US and helps the Russians because it does nothing to reduce the number of warheads the Russians have in which they have a 10-1 advantage over the US, and goes further in ending defensive weapons that could stop a nuclear warhead.
  4. Continuation of the Bush Tax Rates. I am all for continuing the present tax rates, but it may come at an extraordinary price.  This particular issue is the least of my worries though.

There are a few Republicans who are flirting with voting for the Omnibus bill and they are as follows:

Bob Bennett (R., Utah)
Kit Bond (R., Mo.)
Susan Collins (R., Maine)
George Voinovich (R., Ohio)
Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska)
Thad Cochran, who has placed $560 million in earmarks in the bill (R., Miss.)

Republican senators flirting with voting for the Dream Act are:

Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Indiana), formerly a co-sponsor, is now undecided. Sens. Sam Brownback (R., Kansas), Susan Collins (R., Maine), and Olympia Snowe (R., Maine), all of whom backed the legislation in 2007, have not announced their votes yet. There is also speculation that Sen. Lisa Murkowski(R., Alaska) may back the bill this year, although she voted against it in 2007.  Look for Murkowski to be a definite “Yes” vote if she ends up losing in the Alaskan senate race, still to be determined.

Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah) has publicly stated he will support the DREAM Act again, telling The Hill, “If Harry Reid brings it to the floor as a standalone bill, I will vote for it.”

If any of these Republicans are your senate representative, let them know your feelings.  The vote in November did not tell the Republicans to make their yellow streak on their backs deeper.  November was a referendum, telling the Republicans to grow some gonads.

NOTE: Just announced tonight 12-16, Harry Reid is pulling the Omnibus bill and will introduce a smaller bill to get through the current year.  I am leaving the information on the Omnibus bill so everybody can be aware of the tricks that are being attempted.

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