Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Progressives are tired of "Republican Lite" Democrats. Elected with a mandate to end the Iraq war and restore accountability to the federal government, the Democratic leadership appears set to do neither. Whether cowed by the right wing or cozying up to corporate sponsors, the DLC shows very little promise of doing what the people elected them to do. Instead, it's business as usual. The PNAC may have disbanded in disgrace, the K Street Project may be out of favor, but the foxes are still guarding the henhouse.

This is not what we had in mind when we voted Democratic:
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi terrified the oil industry late last year when she outlined her priorities for the new Democratic majorities in Congress. Within the first 100 hours, she promised, they would "roll back the multibillion-dollar subsidies for Big Oil."

Last week, however, when Pelosi (D-San Francisco) won House approval of the much-touted bill socking it to the oil companies, it turned out to be considerably less drastic than many in the industry originally feared. Out of an estimated $32 billion in subsidies and tax breaks that the oil companies are scheduled to receive over the next five years, the final House bill cut $5.5 billion.
Just one more sign that the Democratic whores are in bed with the same corporate clients as the GOP whores. I swear, if they nominate Hillary, I'm voting Green in '08.

1 comment:

  1. nice picture.

    yeah; for all the right wing fear, I've never expected Pelosi to be as progressive as she was made out to be. but i'm afraid the democrats have mistaken right wing fear for mainstream fear and pulled back a little from what they set out to do -- which was still yards short of what I, for one, would like them to do. why settle for a one-time minimum wage increase, rather than tying it to inflation or cost of living? why cut tax breaks and incentives to oil companies without, say, charging them for the oil they remove from public lands?

    and why not impeach the lying, aggressive addict on office?