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.”