The Rural Patriot

November 13, 2006

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From the Olean Times Herald, November 12, 2006:

Kuhl says he’s ready to work with new Congress

On Election Day eve, U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, indicated he’d try to work with Democrats, even though they did little but stall legislation over the last two years.

Three things here. 1) Election Day eve??? Am I reading this correctly – wouldn’t that have been MONDAY, November 6? Looks to me that he was very confident that last week’s election was already in the bag before one lever was touched,

2) He’ll try to work with Democrats? How about, “I will work with the majority party to bring about bipartisan legislation”. After all, you won, so far, with what – 51/52%? You do have constituents other than Republicans in this district. Maybe he is taking his cue from the president:

During the White House meeting, Reid made a pitch for the president to convene a bipartisan summit to discuss the Iraq Study Group’s report and to devise a new policy for bringing stability to that country. The president listened but did not commit to such a summit, said Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman.

(Well, I guess that is one way of “trying”.)

Reid wants the president to invite the bipartisan leadership from the House and Senate together “so they can receive and review the findings of the Baker-Hamilton commission and consult regarding a way forward,” Manley said.

(Chances of that happening?)

3) Democrats did little but stall legislation over the last two years? (They are Democrats – not Neocons, and they were in the minority.) Were the Congressional Democrats expected to roll over and pass the neocon legislation of these past six years? Were they not within their rights to ask for debate? Were they the ones who kept 15 minute votes open for HOURS to twist arms to get their own way? Is Rep. Kuhl aware of the numerous bills proposed by the minority party these past six years that were never allowed to come to the floor for consideration?

Maybe the Democrats were reflecting the majority view of the American people by not heartily endorsing every single piece of legislation that came their way:

The Bush administration lacked the willingness “to discuss, to engage, to do what he had promised – which was to have an open hearing for other views,” Spitzer said. “The American public stood up and said, “Wait a minute, we want conciliation, we want people to sit down and resolve issues rather than to be ideologues.’ “

The recent election also shows the following for New York State residents:

Three in four New York voters said they disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job. …

Three in four New York voters said they disapprove of the war in Iraq, …

Asked if the war in Iraq is part of the war on terrorism or separate from it, seven in 10 New York voters said that it is separate, and those voters chose Clinton and Spitzer by wide margins.

So, the Democrats are viewed by you, Rep. Kuhl, as obstructionists. Based on the past election results, it looks to me that they were viewed by the general population as being more aligned with public opinion vs. being obstructionists.

But, don’t worry. I’m sure that they will be more than willing to help you with this:

The lame-duck Congress appears unlikely to address Rep. Kuhl’s West Valley Remediation Bill that would turn over full responsibility of the West Valley Demonstration Project site in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford to the U.S. Department of Energy, and require a full cleanup of the former nuclear fuel reprocessing plant.

With Rep. Louise Slaughter chairing the Rules Committee, additional NY State Democrats in the House, and Senators Clinton and Schumer on board, I’ll be more than surprised if your bill is not addressed and passed. After all, issues such as the cleanup of the West Valley Demonstration Project seem to have more importance to Democrats than Republicans.

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