Safe ‘bunt’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

They own the ma­jor­ity in the 110th Congress, but al­ready Democrats and their leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have gone on the de­fen­sive with an un­prece­dented threat to block any pro­posal by Pres­i­dent Bush to send ad­di­tional U.S. troops to Iraq.

Not that Repub­li­can Rep. Jack Kingston of Ge­or­gia was im­pressed with their agenda.

“The Democrats were get­ting a lot of good credit for what I would say is kind of a ‘golden oldies’ agenda, bring­ing out no orig­i­nal ideas: min­i­mum wage, stem cells and stu­dent loans,” he opined dur­ing re­cent floor de­bate.

“And I un­der­stand those are safe things. But it is kind of like start­ing out the World Se­ries by bunting in­stead of try­ing to get on base with real se­ri­ous hits. The rea­son why I sub­mit that crit­i­cism is there is noth­ing in your agenda about im­mi­gra­tion re­form, So­cial Se­cu­rity re­form, Medi­care re­form, the heavy-lift­ing ideas of en­ti­tle­ment.”

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