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“I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”

 

You may remember a TV show from the 80’s called The A-Team – the show that pretty much made “Mr.T” a household name.  At some point during the show, when the team was in the process of successfully completing their dangerous mission, many times the Hannibal character (played by George Peppard) would say, “I love it when a plan comes together,” with a cigar hanging out of his mouth and a wry grin.

Somehow, those words… that voice… and that grin are exactly what played in my head this morning after learning the results of yesterday’s election – sans the cigar, of course, since it’s 2006 and we’re talking about Democrats with their worship of all things politically correct.  But kudos to Rahm Emanuel for a well-planned strategy to deliver Congress to the Dems, and to his pal, Chuck Schumer, who worked to deliver the Senate.  They both knew their only chance at victory would be to choose candidates who resembled Republicans, the so-called “Blue-dog Democrats”.  In so doing, the “choice for change” was that much easier for disgruntled Americans impatient with the war. 

The choice was basically: “same” or “different” and, at least in my opinion, many people just want something – anything – different than war.  It matters not that the Democrats have yet to articulate a plan for Iraq, we have been promised that it will be different… and, apparently, for the slimmest of majorities, that was enough.  Hardly a mandate, by anyone’s standards. 

For me, I look forward to watching the Democrats try to accomplish all they have promised, AND within the timeframe they have promised to do it.  The onus of performance is on them from now on and they will be under a microscope.  No longer do they have the luxury of whining, complaining, pointing fingers, calling names and claiming they can do things better… it’s game time, boys and girls.

Nancy Pelosi has been quoted as expressing her desire to “drain the swamp” once she becomes Speaker after more than a decade of a Republican controlled Congress, with a hefty list of goals for her party to accomplish in their first hundred hours. According to an AP interview published in WashingtonPost.com, this is how she has broken it down:

  • Day One: Put new rules in place to “break the link between lobbyists and legislation.”
  • Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Time remaining until 100 hours:
    – Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step.
    – Cut the interest rate on student loans in half.
    – Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.
    – Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds, “I hope with a veto-proof majority.”

I will wait with bated breath. 

In the meantime, chances are, “Ms. P” may become as much of a household name as Mr. T.  My guess is that the many people who did not really know who Nancy Pelosi was prior to voting, who allowed their emotions to dictate their decision, those who “voted for change” will be quite surprised at just what type of change they ended up getting.

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10 thoughts on ““I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”

  1. An excellent analysis, IMHO (and an absolutely fantastic illustration, I might add.) There is really nothing here with which I would substantially disagree.

    My reasoning for supporting the Democrats in this election was this: the executive has taken a thoroughly unilateral approach to operations in the Middle-East which is, to be discreet, rather unique in its ferocity. Much the same could be said for many areas of domestic policy since 2001. A Democratic Congress will, I hope, increase the difficulties of the current administration in acting in this way for the remainder of its tenure. Additionally, I would say it is clear that the Democratic Party has its own smoky agendas and, at least in a great majority of cases, I’m not eager to see them unfold.

    I’m forecasting more gridlock than progressive change, particularly in Iraq, and I think Pelosi’s new post is at best symbolic. So far as Iraq is concerned, I think the hopes of blue voters have been overly optimistic because the executive will retain its authority in those affairs. At this point there is surprisingly little Congress can do to renegotiate navigation aside from funding considerations—and I think, unfortunately, that significant decreases in funding would evoke disaster. The White House decision to replace Rumsfeld with Gates, in particular, is to me a brace against any far-reaching plans the DP might be working up to exert influence in the Pentagon more than an effort to regain any lost public confidence.

    I like your thinking on this one, for sure.

  2. I just read your blog for the first time. Excellent, Deb! I have some more info on Nancy Pelosi,

    See more at sadbastards.wordpress.com

    By Mick Gregory

    I know quite a bit about her, having lived and worked in her San Francisco district. You won’t see the San Francisco Chronicle or New York Times mentioning that she is a multi-millionaire from earnings on her non-union Napa Valley winerey and resort hotel. Yet, the soon-to-be-crowned Speaker, gets one of the largest shares of union campaign money.

    Your 68-year-old grandmother hasn’t spent as much on her home as 68-year-old Nancy Pelosi has on facelifts.

    Democrats are America’s neo-progressives, better known as socialists. I lived in Nancy Peloci’s San Francisco, where transsexuals are given special status along with all the other classes of minorities and the city is a “sactuary city” for illegals.

    Do you think I am exagerating? Progressive Democrats are America’s Democrat/Socialists — Google it for yourself. Why doesn’t the LA Times with it’s 950-person newsroom devote an afternoon of a reporter’s time to check into this?

    Socialism in America is growing. Aided by such influential Congressmen as John Conyers, Ranking Member of the House Judicial Committee, and the one who will start impeachment proceedings against George Bush in the coming months. Nancy Pelosi is one of the stars of the nearly 60 other Democrats advancing socialism in America behind the “Progressive” label.

    Here are a few excerpts taken directly from the web page of the Democratic Socialists of America.

    “The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics.

    “At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. We are activists committed not only to extending political democracy but to demanding democratic empowerment in the economy, in gender relations, and in culture. Democracy is not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism – a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

  3. Curt… Don’t scare me, man! I had to double-check and make sure it was you who was writing – Are you sure you like my thinking on this one? :-)

    If the Dems frustrate middle-east policy for the remainder of the current administration, what do you hope for in a new (’08) administration? Do you think whatever does transpire in the next couple of years as a result of a stagnant current policy (which you view as unilateral and ferocious) can be viewed as a good thing – or a better-than-what-we-had thing? The deaths of our troops will still be adding up, the mayhem will still be brewing and the terrorists will still be gaining strength.

    I ask you these questions in all sincerity, not in a sardonic, ridiculing way. Iraq is such a complex issue with no easy answers, but my fear is that an early withdrawal will lead to a much worse situation. It’s not about politics or who gets to be Speaker of the House.

    Domestically, I think you know where I stand and why I vote. You and I may as well be from different planets on that one… ;-)

    So nice to agree… finally. I knew the day would come :-)

    ~ Debi

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Mick… and for your kind words :-)

    I visited your Citizen Journalism site and really like the idea of taking over the elite media with a form of legitimate journalism. For too long, the left has monopolized what we have read and heard in the way of news (which is why Fox gets branded as doing Bush’s bidding for their ‘fair and balanced’ approach).

    You certainly provided a lot of information about Nancy Pelosi and Liberal/”Progressive” Democrats. Sadly, I have no trouble believing what you’ve written – so much of what they promote speaks for itself and screams of socialism. Yet, there is a distinct disconnect when it comes to their own wealth, isn’t there? :-/

    But you can’t go by me, my little brain still can’t grasp why a “Public Servant” lives a life so much better than the majority of people they serve…

    ~ Debi

  5. We haven’t been getting the facts, only what the liberals in the mainstream press pass on from the Democrat PR professionals. Keep up the good work Debi!

  6. Thank you, Mick… you do the same!

    Come back any time,

    ~ Debi

    P.S. We get the facts when we dig for them, don’t we? :-)

  7. Great post, Deb. As usual.

    I really seriously wonder if the folks who think they are going to be in charge will end up in charge. There seems to be an awful lot of backbiting in that party and I think there may be some ‘scandal’ or at least skeletons falling out of closets soon about nan and charlie and the lot. It wouldn’t surprise me at all, if those leadership positions were somehow manipulated away from them. And look for Hillary to angle away some power for herself in the Senate.

    I have always thought that the plan of the Dems from day one of Bush’s presidency was to paint him with the actual crimes of Bill Clinton. To rewrite history so that Clinton ends up smelling like a rose and Bush is found ‘guilty’ of Bill’s shenanigans. They’ve been chipping away and now are positively giddy with their golden opportunity.

    But you know what they say ‘careful what you wish for’. ;)

    Despite my dismay with the election results I look for to two fun-filled years of Democrats showing who and what they really are. In fact, they could be the best thing that ever happened to the Republican party.

    WC

  8. Thanks, WC :-)

    Some good points there in your comment – I have noticed a somewhat less than unified Democratic party since their big win. It would seem they, too, are not immune to the corruptive influences of power. And, no, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see skeletons falling from blue closets around the country. They will certainly have their hands full now that they have realized SOME of what they wished for.

    I wish them luck if they try to pin Clinton shenanigans on Bush… just the idea that GW could ever have been guilty of sexual indiscretions with a young intern and then repeatedly LIE UNDER OATH (the actual, impeachable crime, let’s not forget) about it –and other indiscretions – is absurd. From one Clinton to another, Hillary is always positioning herself to maximize her own political power with little regard to who she steps on in the process… I don’t expect that to change.

    It’s good we can be optimistic in the face of such a disappointing election. Hopefully this will be just the wake-up call that decieved and misguided voters needed.

    Do you have 2 years worth of popcorn on hand? :-)

    ~D

  9. I’ve got the popcorn AND a notepad. I will be taking notes and making posts. Like I said, two years of fun-filled Dem gaffs. If they really deliver we’re almost guaranteed no chance for Dem in the Whitehouse in 08.

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