I bet you didn't know that liberal political strategists have been reading my blog and stealing my ideas. I was reading an article in the Post the other day and it was talking about this 100 hour agenda. Have you heard of this? It goes something like this (from the article by Jeffrey Birnbaum-Washington Post Staff Writer);
"The effort they discussed was reminiscent of the elaborate business-backed lobbying campaign 12 years ago that pushed the "Contract With America," which was the then-Republican majority's legislative agenda. Conservative groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Christian Coalition banded together then to lobby the House to pass the GOP's 10-part program.
Robert L. Borosage, co-director of the liberal Campaign for America's Future, said that approval of the Hundred Hours agenda would also help the public better understand what the incoming Democratic majority stands for. "We are still too undefined," he said, and the Hundred Hours agenda "begins that process" of redefinition."
Hmm, sounds vaguely familiar. I guess they figure now is the time to tell us where they stand on the hard issues, we know where they fall on all the unimportant "feel good" issues that won them the election. Tell us what are you going to do about Social Security, Medicare, Immigration, health insurance costs, the War, our reliance on foreign oil, terrorism. You retook Congressional Power based on anti-republican backlash, now tell us you have a direction for America. Sad truth is they have no direction, they are making it up as they go.
The critical difference between the CWA and this 100 hour agenda is the republicans had a plan and used it to get elected. The 100 hour agenda, is more like "okay, we got elected, what do we do now?"
When the major organizers are Americans United, USAction, labor unions led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Center for American Progress and several women's organizations, I suspect we'll see even more special interest rule than less.