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NEWS: GOP Moves To Consolidate Power In Key Chairmanship

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posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:14 PM
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As the members of congress settle in, several changes in committee leadership has raised eyebrows. Many of the independent minded chairs have been replaced. Some of the changes prompted leading Democrats to state that they was a concerted effort to kill any differing opinions within the party.
 



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WASHINGTON — With House Republicans settling on new committee assignments, most of the chatter on Capitol Hill has centered on a few key changes among the chairmanships and whether the Republican leadership is trying to bring its more independent members to heel.

"If you don't toe the line you're gone — consolidation of absolute power," one Democratic congressional aide, who asked not to be identified, told FOXNews.com.

Democrats call the developments "a purge" of more independent-minded chairs that will make the next Congress even more difficult for the minority party.

"They are moving to quash any differing opinions within their own party," Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement.


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Its not surprising, but as the Democrats point out, the odds of them being able to reach compromises on bills and the like are unlikely. However, that being said, the Democrats actually have an opportunity here. If the policies fall flat given thier total control of the House, Senate, and the White House, then they have something to really build on in the next election.




posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:36 PM
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It's like pre-emptively politicizing formerly bi-partisan committees in order to avoid having to call any independent thoughts that might have previously seen the light of day "politicizing."

Yea, that sounds about right.

Ooooh. And now if any junior members of the formerly independent committees we based our once proud Democracy on complain about having no voice, not only can they call it "Bush Bashing" but I'm pretty sure it's treason.


However, that being said, the Democrats actually have an opportunity here. If the policies fall flat given thier total control of the House, Senate, and the White House, then they have something to really build on in the next election.


The concept of "Free rope to all Republicans" is more than appealing, but it assumes the average voter has more than the attention span of a peanut from election to election.

In 2008, when Jeb or Arnold or Earnest T. Bass or whoever the Republicans run stands up and promises to finally ban gay marriage, outlaw abortion, get rid of the IRS, reform welfare, both protect and gut social security, and not nation build while spewing freedom and sweating liberty... who's going to remember broken promises of past?

Not FoxNews viewers. That's for damn sure.



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