Well, its looks like the Congressional Democrats are not ready to lead next year, but ready to duck and run for cover. They clearly are realizing their ideas only would cause damage to this country (which is what conservatives warned all through the election):
After moving quickly with an economic stimulus plan that includes cutting middle-class taxes, Democrats said they will open the 111th Congress with less ambitious agenda items that have been blocked repeatedly by the Bush administration, such as lifting a ban on federal funding for stem cell research.
Obviously, were not going to do health care in the first month or two, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday.
Hoyer also cited energy independence and an overhaul of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation as issues that would have to wait until later in the year, if not the next, as leaders seek to build broad consensus on the more controversial issues.
As predicted they have no desire to ease this nations energy crisis, probably because they cannot see how to pass Green House Gas cap/trades which will spike the nations energy prices through the roof. The government take over and nationalization of health care has to wait as well. Seems the only thing Congress will do is establish factories of young human beings to harvest for their spare parts (stem cells) - which ironically do not provide relief to any illness or condition like the adult stem cell therapies which are multiplying like rabbits. If Congress wants to save lives and help the sick put money into Adult Stem Cell Research.
Clearly dems know their socialistic plans would cripple this economy:
Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) intends to chart a course that will first deal with smaller pieces of legislation that already enjoy some bipartisan support and should be able to pass quickly.
Some will be discrete pieces. Some will be comprehensive. The comprehensive pieces will take longer, Pelosi told reporters last week.
These discrete items should allow Democrats to record some early victories as they prepare for the bigger battles ahead
But Democrats in Congress are not unanimously supportive of some of the big-ticket agenda items. Many fiscal conservatives in the party are concerned about how such large undertakings would be paid for, given the record $455 billion deficit for the fiscal year that ended in September. A variety of independent experts say the deficit this year could easily hit $1 trillion, which, at 7 percent of the gross domestic product, would be the largest one-year shortfall since 1946.
Hoyer warned that the historic nature of the election did not mean Democrats could overreach.
The fact is there are low-cost, market solutions to a lot of these problems. Opening up drilling does not cost a lot to taxpayers. Health care fixes like allowing small businesses to pool their coverage and therefore get big company discounts on health insurance. As I noted adult stem cells are creating therapies against diseases as an incredible race.
And on the energy level, look what the Bush administration has left this nation as a parting gift:
Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.
The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.
The US government has licensed the technology to Hyperion, a New Mexico-based company which said last week that it has taken its first firm orders and plans to start mass production within five years. Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world, said John Deal, chief executive of Hyperion. They will cost approximately $25m [£13m] each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $250 per home.
Add in a victory in Iraq and the penning in of al-Qaeda in the tribal regions of Pakistan, the lowest tax rates for decades, a ban on killing human beings at their embryo stage for spare parts. Bush did a lot, but maybe the Dems plan on holding power by doing nothing? There is a certain positive aspect to a paralyzed federal government.
What this tells me is the Dems know they cannot make good on their promise of Nirvana. Any major move they attempt will end in catastrophic failure. So for two years Obama will be able to accomplish nothing as well. There will be a lot of blame game and finger pointing, but the bottom line is the Dems promised the Nirvana if elected. If they fail to produce they fail in the eye of the voters.
The next generation is about to get a rude lesson in reality: Politicians will promise the naive anything to get elected, and then produce any excuse to explain why they never meant any of those promises.