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April 15, 2005

Bankruptcy Bill Counts

TechPolitics has a table of the Yea-voters, sortable by a number of different criteria - what caucus they are in, their district's median household income, etc.

Steve Soto has the list of which Dems voted for bankruptcy bill right after they voted to end the estate tax.

The news of that letter signed by DLC members certainly made the rounds in the blogosphere. But I completely missed that the Blue Dog Coalition had their own letter, and they were a lot more unified. 27 out of 35 Blue Dogs signed the letter. 32 out of the 35 Blue Dogs voted Yea. Interestingly, Barrow was one of the 27 letter-signers, but he voted Nay.

The DLC Dems were more fractured. 20 out of 39 New Democrats signed their letter. 25 out of 39 New Democrats voted Yea. And a few of the letter-signers actually voted Nay: Larson, Inslee, and Smith. Berkley signed the letter but abstained.

Posted by tunesmith at April 15, 2005 03:22 AM

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That techpolitics table has some mistakes. According to it, Brady of TX (Republican) voted No and 74 Democrats voted Yes. The House roll call has Brady voting yes, and 73 Democrats voting yes.

"as a lobbyist he had long ago concluded there was no difference in how Democrats and Republicans conducted the business of government. The game stayed the same: It was always about favors and friends, and who controlled the dough. Party labels were merely a way to keep track of the teams; issues were mostly smoke an vaudeville. Nobody believed in anything except hanging on to power, whatever it took. ....."
From Carl Hiaasen's book, "Sick Puppy"

its a shame that none of it is "about us", since we are the ones that put them in office, and that it is all "about them"

Yeah but you got to admit, there is a degree of difference between when one party is in and when another is in. We still did better under Clinton and he was more populist no matter how many favors went back and forth. Saying they are the same is quite an exaggeration.

I hear your frustration though.

Just a p.s. here.

I'm pissed off big time as well. Not happy with the Dems but realize that they are picking their fights, having been backed into a small part of govt.

I run the site Plastic Revolution and I am still reeling.

We are going to keep going and ramp up our efforts.
I am not about to turn the gun inwards and start bitching at the Dems full blast yet. We, as people, have a job to MAKE THEM do their jobs. Just as the nutball freakshows like Delay are making the conservatives wonder where their party went....they (the Bush voters) are saying "Hey, I voted them in ...maybe I should have some input!"
And so goes the battle.

Keep writing to let them know that you will be behind them if they do what's in YOUR best interest. Republicans and Democrats.

Make them do their job, unfortunately that's our duty.

Clinton's tobacco war Democrats orchestrated the biggest extortion scam in our history as a payout to trial Lawyers.
The working class pays the bill for their deceitful attempt at social engineering/political pay back.
At least the Republicans express no pretense of "feeling our pain" as they tighten the thumb screws.
All I see from the Dems are Crocodile tears.

That made absolutely no sense at all. Still, if you look at the voting pattern it is still the dems that have any kind of coordination of voting in our interest.

At this point, its pretty clear the Republicans do not care a wink about the people on the ground. I'm not going to give them a 'cookie' now that they are honest and open about their disdain for us.

Clinton did not roll back taxes on the corporations.

If your argument isn't even halfway coherent as you love the masters that tighten those "thumb screws".

Thank you sir! May I have another!

oops, Did I hit a nerve?
Hey, It doesn't matter if the blow comes from the "Kick Ass" Republicans or the "Kiss Ass" Democrats the middle class always takes the hit.
I will be sure to save a "cookie" for the next Democrat that pisses on my leg and tells me that "It's raining, but at least it's a warm fuzzy kind of rain."

Oh yeah, Have a nice day!

How do you know its warm & fuzzy?

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