The Washington Post reports this morning that House Democrats intend to pass a slew of bills this week while exploiting House rules to block input from Republicans. Okay, so that’s typical of a Party built on power grabs rather than public service, but even so it shouldn’t go without comment. Especially since Democrats promised in November to allow Republicans to participate fully in crafting legislation.
Likely legislation includes raising the minimum wage and increasing tax funding for experimental research on babies in embryo.
Now, it’s certainly easy to see why the Democrats would want to silence the voices of reason and conscience in matters like these. The minimum wage destroys jobs; stem cell research destroys lives. When you’re pushing policies as harmful as these, you don’t want their damaging powers advertised. So Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer rang in the new year with a raft of meetings to finalize their strategy for silencing the Republicans.
But Congress is supposed to be a deliberative body, where the merits, or lack of merit, in policy proposals are openly discussed. Democrats cheapen republican government when they resort to tactical maneuvers to squelch opposition to their ill-conceived legislation.