Democrats Decide They Don't Need No Stinking Contract
Morton Kondracke writes about the democrat’s failed attempts at outline an agenda at Roll Call today (subscribers only):
The 12th anniversary of the Republicans’ 1994 “Contract with America” came and went on Wednesday without a 2006 Democratic counterpart. And there won’t be one.
Instead, Democratic House and Senate leaders held yet another press conference to denounce the Republican Congress’ “rubberstamping the Bush administration’s misguided agenda.”
Despite repeated urging from various quarters, including from former President Bill Clinton, that the party needs to make clear what it stands for and not just against, Democrats contend that off-year elections are referenda on the party in power and that a Democratic alternative agenda would only provide targets for the GOP to attack.
Just to underscore the point, the Senate Democratic leadership’s “war room” sent out an e-mail Monday declaring that “much hype surrounds the 1994 Contract with America. The Contract is often incorrectly credited with playing a large role in the Republican victory in the mid-term elections. Evidence shows that this was not, in fact, the case: Candidates did not campaign on the Contract with America, and most Americans were unfamiliar with the document’s existence.”
While our borders are still inexcusably porous, we’ve made a great deal of progress in the last two years. With the passage of Defense and Homeland Security appropriations bills, we will have added 3,736 new Border Patrol agents … 9,150 new detention beds … and 1,373 detention personnel. We’ve more than quadrupled spending on border and immigration enforcement … increasing funding from $4 billion prior to 9/11 to over $16 billion today. We’ve seen apprehensions at the border increase by 45%. We’ve ended catch-and-release.
Tomorrow the Senate will pass this legislation and send it to the President’s desk for his signature.
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