In response to these existential threats at home and once in a lifetime opportunities for democracy abroad, the Republican leadership has brought to the floor a bill to repeal a non-existent ban on incandescent light bulbs, which was passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President Bush.That's right, the GOP has been in power for over 7 months but still hasn't gotten around to introducing a substantial jobs plan and is constantly trying to claim Obama and the Democrats won't take action. Instead of coming up with solutions, however, apparenty they think it's important to appease they're base by repealing non-existent bans. The only reason to so blatantly ignore the needs of the American people with this type of bologna is to win some political points -- and with a presidential election heating up and control of the Senate at stake in 2012, it isn't suprising they're pulling stunts like this. Fortunately, Connolly's calling them on it.
Connoisseurs of Internet hearsay are aware that Tea Party conspiracy theorists think President Obama is trying to outlaw the incandescent light bulb. Cooler heads, such as representatives of every major light bulb manufacturer in America, from Philips to Johnson Controls, actually support the light bulb efficiency standards because they provide a competitive advantage for American manufacturers relative to Chinese competitors which produce shoddy, less efficient bulbs. Who knew that the Tea Party contained so many Manchurian sympathizers who have hidden their proto-internationalist agenda beneath the folds of a Don’t Tread on Me flag?
Now this one speech might not seem like a big deal and it doesn't automatically mean we'll get some action on the issue Gerry raises, but I think it's important for his Democratic colleagues to pay attention too. As the negotiations surrounding the budget and debt limit have progressed, we've constantly seen Democrats give into GOP demands only to later see the GOP say they haven't compromised enough. While both sides have to compromise to get a deal done, the way things have been going is, in my opinion, simply unacceptable. After all, the key phrase there is that BOTH sides have to compromise. One way to help that happen is to call out the GOP when they're working against the interests of the American people.
There have been some other progressive Democrats in the House who have taken to the floor in the past to call out the GOP and that's sometimes motivated Dems to take some tougher stances in negotiations. So let's hope Gerry's "biting commentary" (as one Congressional staffer put it) on the GOP can remind Democrats involved with the negotiations that the GOP puts scoring political points ahead of creating actual solutions. The full text of his speech can be seen in the comment section of this post.