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POLITICAL TRANSVESTITES BY THE DOZEN
By David Podvin
On May 23, the
Bush tax plan was passed with the support of twelve Democratic Senators.
The major point of
contention during the last campaign was how the surplus would be used. Al Gore
wanted it to go for a middle class tax cut, a reduction in the six trillion
dollar national debt, and increases in vile socialistic programs to improve
education, fight crime, and clean the environment. George W. Bush proposed,
although not forthrightly, that the surplus be used to rectify America’s most
urgent problem as he saw it: that the richest one percent of Americans owned
only forty two percent of the nation’s wealth.
This issue defines
who is actually a Democrat, regardless of what they call themselves. Democrats
can disagree with each other about virtually anything, with one exception. There
really is a litmus test of whether someone is a Democrat: If someone believes
that the primary role of government is to benefit “the deserving”, as
Alexander Hamilton put it, or “people of accomplishment ”, in the words of
Rush Limbaugh, then they are not a Democrat. The Democratic Party either stands
for the principle that the government exists “in order to benefit the average
citizen”, according to Thomas Jefferson, or it stands for nothing that isn’t
already being represented by the other side.
The Bush tax cut
scheme redistributes money to upper income Americans who overwhelmingly vote
Republican. It does so under the guise of “returning the surplus to the
taxpayer”. The biggest losers in this fraud are working class and lower income
Americans who do not share in the tax cut windfall but who will get to pay off
the national debt. That is the unspoken obscenity of this farce; a projected one
and a half trillion dollar “surplus” will go primarily to the wealthy
“because its their money!” Meanwhile, the six trillion dollar debt now
officially belongs to the middle class and the poor.
The 62-38 Senate
vote that made all of this possible comes as a blow to those who continue to
believe in the fantasy that there are fifty Democrats in the Senate. There are
actually thirty eight Democrats. There are also twelve political transvestites
who dress up to look like Democrats when it’s time to run for office, but who
act to serve the interests of those who vote Republican. These twelve faux
Democrats, or Pseudocrats, voted to hurt their own supporters in order to
benefit people who back the G.O.P. It was a vote for supply side economics. The
last time the trickle down theory was tried, also with the support of
“moderate Democrats”, the result was a disaster for America. The Reagan plan
to “return tax money to those who paid it” resulted in the rich getting
richer and everyone else getting a recession that was followed by a tripling of
the national debt.
This is what was
just supported by “Democratic” Senators Baucus, Breaux, Carnahan, Cleland,
Feinstein, Johnson, Kohl, Landrieu, Lincoln, Miller, Nelson, and Torricelli.
Et tu, Brute?
The most agonizing
question in life is “why”? It is an agony that the Democratic rank
and file gets to experience with great regularity. Why would twelve Democratic
Senators take the seemingly irrational step of hurting their own supporters in
order to benefit people who vote against them? Why didn’t the Senate Democrats
publicly support Al Gore during the Florida recount? Or support the
Congressional Black Caucus when they challenged the theft of the election? Why
didn’t they filibuster Ashcroft? Or Olson? Why are there no demands for
investigations of the blatant corruption of the Bush regime regarding everything
from influence peddling on energy policy to falsely accusing Democrats of
committing felonies as they were leaving the White House?
Here’s a golden
oldie – the last time the Democrats controlled the Senate, why did they allow
Anita Hill to be slandered and Clarence Thomas to be confirmed to the Supreme
Court? Why should we have any confidence that it will be different this time?
There are several
explanations for the support of the tax swindle by the untrustworthy twelve. The
first is that some of the Senators who label themselves Democrats are in
politics because it provides them with a career that they like, as opposed to
them having a burning desire to make things better, or to help people. For them,
being praised as “bipartisan statesmen” is more important than any
principle. And it is easier for Senators from poor, rural states to parrot the
Bush mantra than it is to take the time that is necessary to explain the more
complicated consequences of irresponsible tax policy. It is also easier to
conform to the desires of Corporate America and its propaganda machine, the
There are personal
Zell Miller is a
Democrat only because he is too conservative to join the American Nazi Party.
John Breaux and
Dianne Feinstein desperately want to be viewed as “moderate swing votes”. In
other words, they each need to be a “player”, the center of attention. They
would sell their firstborn to the carnival if it meant getting five minutes on
Meet The Press. Robert Torricelli supported Bush during the Florida recount and
congratulated Scalia on his decision to steal the election, so he had already
proven that his lust for stabbing Democrats in the back is not a sometimes
Max Baucus likes
to say, “the people of Montana really don’t care what the Democrats
think”. This would explain why the people of Montana elected a senator who is
a Democrat in name only.
Herb Kohl never
hesitates to put the interests of Herb Kohl first. Herb Kohl is really, really
The others come
from states that voted for Bush, and it’s always safer to follow than it is to
Put it all
together and you have twelve disciples of Satanic tax policy.
Most of the thirty
eight real Democratic Senators are, by temperament, green leafy vegetables. They
are admirable, to the extent that they are admirable, because they are not Orrin
Hatch. They lack passion when it comes to looking out for the interests of their
voters. So, while their supporters were outraged that the election had been
stolen, they swooned when Bush gave them nicknames (“Hi, Chump! Great to see
Senators might be evil, but they really believe passionately in being evil. All
fifty of them supported redistributing middle class money to the rich. They
rushed down to Florida to declare that Gore and Lieberman were unpatriotic
criminals for wanting all the votes to be counted. The Republicans care about
winning, and they play to win. Charles Colson once said that he would run over
his own grandmother for Richard Nixon. It is not hard to visualize Trent Lott
motoring onto the sidewalk as Granny frantically dives under the porch.
With Jim Jeffords
reregistering as an Independent, there are now forty nine Republican Senators.
Forty seven of them are determined hardcore right-wingers whose goal is to
Reaganize every aspect of American life. They sincerely believe that the middle
class has too much money and the rich don’t have enough.
technically, fifty Democrats. Thirty eight of them believe in representing the
interests of the average American. Unfortunately, they are unwilling to fight
for their beliefs, so in practical political terms, they believe in nothing.
And there are
twelve political transvestites. They masqueraded as Democrats in order to get
grass roots support. They raised money by pledging to look out for the interests
of Democratic voters. They were nominated with the consent of Democrats who took
them at their word. They won elections with the support of Democrats who
depended on them to keep their promises. Then they went to Washington, wiped off
the make-up, and betrayed the vital interests of the people who made their
political careers possible.
The Democrats now
have technical control of the Senate and the committee chairmanships that go
with it. However, the real divide is not between Democratic Senators and
Republican Senators. It is between Senators who govern in order to benefit
Democratic voters and Senators who govern in order to benefit Republican voters.
In that decisive category, Republican voters have sixty two Senators who are
willing to fight for their financial interests, and Democratic voters have
thirty eight Senators who have not shown that they are willing to fight for
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