Monday, January 25, 2010
Beau Biden Is Full of Crap. (See his statement in declining to run for Senate from Delaware.) 'Nuf said.
Passed What Legislation? A stupid poll question was answered stupidly. The question in a CNN/Opinion Research poll, misrepresented in the headline to the Internet story I saw about it as referring to a "veto-proof majority", was:
"Until that special election [in Massachusetts], the Democrats had sixty votes in the U.S. Senate which allowed them to pass legislation without any votes from Republican Senators. Now the Democrats still have a large majority but cannot pass bills without cooperation from at least one Republican Senator. Do you think this change will be good for the country or bad for the country?"70% of people polled said it was good that the Democrats could not pass legislation without a single Republican. Idiots. Deport them.
Exactly what legislation did the Democrats pass without support from even one Republican, due to their supposed "veto-proof majority"? Not one damned thing.
And of what conceivable importance is a "veto-proof majority" when the President is of the same party as the Congressional majority? Is a Democratic President going to veto a piece of legislation passed by his own party? The headline was plainly misconceived.
More to the point, however, is the notion, almost explicit in the supposed results of that poll question, that the people of this country want minority rule. The question as asked was idiotic, and got an idiotic answer. What should actually have been asked is "Do you think that a minority in Congress should have veto power over the majority, or that ordinary legislation should be passed by ordinary majority rule?" Or perhaps, "Do you favor minority rule, such that the majority is not permitted to govern?" Or "Is a minority in Congress entitled to thwart the will of the majority?" If any of those questions produced a majority, then we might as well create a dictator and have done with even the pretense of democracy.
(The current U.S. military death toll in Iraq, according to the website "Iraq Coalition Casualties", is 4,374 — for Israel.)