July 9, 2010
If it Looks Like a Duck
The Wall Street Journal's John Fund makes an alarming observation in his article: "The Obama-Pelosi Lame Duck Strategy:"
There have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don't want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.
Before even considering what these muscled-through bills could be, the idea that anyone in Congress would want to force "sweeping legislation" with the knowledge that the vast majority of voters rejected it is beyond tragic.
Fund notes these possibilities for lame duck passage: "card-check," New Start nuclear treaty, universal voter registration, "a budget resolution to lock in increased agency spending," massive climate change legislation, and more pork.
One has to wonder if the Democrats will even bother with the process that even lame duck measures will require, instead opting for the "deem'n pass," used before their recess to pass an imaginary $1.12 trillion 2011 budget.
What is more frightening to imagine than this Democrat-majority Congress as a lame duck, deeming and passing, is this President, as he begins to realize his walking papers will arrive soon, making more appointments and Executive Orders.
Republican candidates should include as part of their platform the appointments of a Repeal Czar and a Constitution Czar.