Monday, December 20, 2004

What will the next four years bring?

Today, for 53 minutes, President Bush fielded questions on international and domestic affairs. It was his 17th formal news conference, held one day before he flies to the presidential retreat at Camp David for a vacation that will stretch into early next year and include a stay at his Texas ranch.

Perhaps the President is finally seeing the truth:
In a sobering assessment of the Iraq war, President Bush acknowledged Monday that Americans' resolve has been shaken by grisly scenes of death and destruction and he pointedly criticized the performance of U.S.-trained Iraqi troops. "No question about it," he said. "The bombers are having an effect."
So, what will fill the next four years? I'm predicting more of the same in Iraq, and more of the same spreading across the planet.

And how about the President's agenda?
President Bush's second-term plans to reshape Social Security, immigration laws and other domestic programs are facing a stiff challenge from a group that was reliably accommodating in the president's first four years: congressional Republicans.

After essentially rubber-stamping much of Bush's first-term agenda, many House and Senate Republicans plan to assert themselves more forcefully to put their mark on domestic policy in the new year, according to several lawmakers.
The conservative Republicans have decided that with the majority held in Congress, they don't need the Democrats. They can push their agenda without the lawmakers in the Center or on the Left. With a majority, even of just one vote, they can push thru their own agenda. And, without needing the Center or the Left, they can push through a plan that is even more conservative than what the President would hope for. It's not a matter of trying to get the most votes to get a bill through; no, it's about getting the least number of votes in order to pass a bill. Yes, that's right: make the policies so that just the barest of majorities will vote in favor. They don't want to have policies with broad support; they want policies that appeal to just the majority of lawmakers.

Hmmm. I look forward to the next four years.

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