The liberals are coming to town, oh my!

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll foreshadows a disastrous mid-term election for Republicans resulting in liberal control of the House of Representatives for the first time in a dozen years. Indeed, if the polls are to be believed, Democrats led by liberal leaders like Nancy Pelosi, will soon wield power in the nation’s capital.

When and if they wield that power, what will they do? Recently, House Republicans compiled a list of Democrat-supported bills that Republicans have kept bottled up.

“This list of the bills most likely to be championed by committee chairmen in a Pelosi-led House of Representatives would be great fodder for the latenight talk show hosts if it weren’t true,” House Majority Whip Roy Blunt said. Blunt’s right, the liberal list, when taken as a whole, should make even Congress’s most outspoken liberals blush.

So let’s run down the liberal to-do list:

Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act — H.R. 3760: Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and 74 Democratic cosponsors propose a new “Department of Peace and Nonviolence” as well as “National Peace Day.” Cosponsors include three would-be Democratic Chairmen: John Conyers (Judiciary), George Miller (Education and the Workforce), and Charlie Rangel (Ways and Means).

Gas Stamps — H.R. 3712: Jim McDermott (D-WA) and eight Democratic cosponsors want a “Gas Stamps” program similar to the Food Stamps program to subsidize the gasoline purchases of qualified individuals.

Less Jail Time for Selling Crack Cocaine - H.R. 2456: Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and 23 Democratic cosponsors want to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for possessing, importing, and distributing crack cocaine. John Conyers, the would-be Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill, is a cosponsor.

Voting Rights for Criminals - H.R. 1300: John Conyers (D-MI) and 32 Democratic cosponsors, and H.R. 663: Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and 28 Democratic cosponsors would let convicted felons vote. Rep. John Conyers is the would-be Democratic Chairman of the Judiciary Committee which would consider this legislation.

Expand Medicare to Include Diapers — H.R. 1052: Barney Frank (D-MA) supports Medicare coverage of adult diapers. Barney Frank is the would-be Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.

Nationalized Health Care - H.R. 4683: John Dingell (D-MI) and 18 Democratic cosponsors want to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. John Dingell is the would-be Democratic Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee who along with cosponsors Charlie Rangel, would-be Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Henry Waxman, would-be Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, would have jurisdiction over the proposal.

Federal Regulation of Restaurant Menus — H.R. 5563: Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 25 Democratic cosponsors authorize federal regulation of the contents of restaurant menus.

Taxpayer Funded Abortions & Elimination of all Restrictions on Abortion, Including Parental Notice - H.R. 5151: Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and 66 Democratic cosponsors want to overturn even minimal restrictions on abortion such as parental notice requirements. The bill would also require taxpayer funding of abortions through the various federal health care programs. John Conyers, the would-be Chairman of Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over the bill, is an original cosponsor.

Bill of Welfare Rights — H.J. Res. 29-35: Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) proposes a Soviet-style “Bill of Welfare Rights,” enshrining the rights of full employment, public education, national healthcare, public housing, abortion, progressive taxation, and union membership. On some these measures, Rep. Jackson is joined by up to 35 Democratic cosponsors, including would-be Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers.

Now, I am under no illusions that should Democrats control the House, this list of liberal legislation will necessarily become law. Certainly, the President would love the opportunity to veto any one of these terrible ideas in the event that it actually reached his desk. But the list does give us a peek into the lifeblood of the liberal caucus that drives the Democratic Party and it is important to note that the above list is only legislation. If liberals retake the House, it is the people themselves running the show who we should be concerned about.

Exhibit A would be the entire crop of liberal committee chairmen.

Charles Rangel and his 94 percent ACLU rating would control the purse string at the Ways and Means Committee. Goodbye free trade, goodbye tax cuts and hello to the return of the Great Society!

John Conyers, a 100 percenter at ACLU and the AFL-CIO, would run the Judiciary Committee. Borders, prepare to be opened, goodbye Patriot Act and Native Hawaiians prepare to be granted the right to secede from the Union.

Rangel and Conyers are to of the best examples, but other would-be committee chairman are equally liberal, if not as notorious.

This scenario only looks at the House, but should the Senate flip, liberals like Patrick Leahy would have a field day destroying the progress conservatives have made with the courts.

UPDATE: The Republican Study Committee has released another list of liberal bills introduced by House Dems that further makes this point. The list is pasted in the extended section (a couple are duplicates), my favorite is the Tupac Shakur legislation!:

Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed Act (JUSTICE) Act (Lee, D-CA)H.R. 6083. Requires community organizations to be allowed to distribute sexual barrier protection devices (e.g. condoms) in federal prisons. Also prohibits a federal prison from taking adverse action against a prisoner who possesses or uses a sexual barrier protection device.

Crack-Cocaine Equitable Sentencing Act (Rangel, D-NY)H.R. 2456. Eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for crack-cocaine convictions.

Tupac Shakur Records Release Act of 2006 (McKinney, D-GA)H.R. 4968. Enshrines copies of government records concerning rapper Tupac Shakur in a specially created collection at the National Archives.

Antibullying Campaign Act (Nadler, D-NY)H.R. 3787. Creates a new federal grant program aimed at reducing bullying in public schools “based on any distinguishing characteristic of an individual.”

To provide for coverage under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs of incontinence undergarments (Frank, D-MA)—H.R. 1052. Makes adult diapers a covered item under Medicare and Medicaid.

Gas Stamp Act (McDermott, D-WA)H.R. 3712. Creates billions of dollars in gas stamps each year for people to get free gas, to be distributed to those already eligible for food stamps.

States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (Frank, D-MA)—H.R. 2087. Allows physicians in states with medical marijuana laws to prescribe marijuana without violating federal law.

Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act (Rangel, D-NY)H.R. 663. Allows those convicts who are just out of prison to vote.

Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act (Kucinich, D-OH)H.R. 3760. Establishes a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, as well as a Peace Day. The department would promote “human rights,” international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, structured mediation, and peaceful conflict resolution.

National Health Insurance Act (Dingell, D-MI)—H.R. 15. Institutes a new 5% value-added tax on property and services and creates a board to oversee payment to any individual for medical services not covered by Medicare.

Freedom of Choice Act (Nadler, D-NY)H.R. 5151. Creates a right to unrestricted pre-viability abortions, and late terms abortions for the life and health of the mother.

End the War in Iraq Act (McGovern, D-MA)H.R. 4232. Defunds the War in Iraq, forcing immediate troop withdrawal.

Public Interest Lawyer Assistance Relief Act (Andrews, D-NJ)H.R. 1753. Forgives the law school debt for attorneys working for a tax-exempt organization or the government.

A Living Wage, Jobs for All Act (Lee, D-CA)H.R. 1050. Builds on and strengthens FDR’s “Economic Bill of Rights,” creating rights to “decent” jobs, income for individuals unable to work, a “decent” living for farmers, freedom from monopolies, “decent” housing, “adequate” health care, Social Security, education, work training, collective bargaining, a safe working environment, information on trends in pollution sources and products and processes that affect the well-being of workers throughout the world, voting, and personal security. The bill also requires the Attorney General to create a registry of all corporations convicted of violating state or federal law.

Social Security Forever Act (Wexler, D-FL)H.R. 2472. Imposes a new income tax on workers, employers, and self-employed businessmen to fund Social Security.

Health Security for All Americans Act (Baldwin, D-WI)H.R. 2133. Requires states to create programs to ensure universal health coverage, and allows states to force employers to pay for health insurance for their employees.

Universal National Service Act (Rangel, D-NY)H.R. 4752. Makes it an obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the U.S., between the ages of 18 and 42, to perform a two-year period of national service, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense.

Living American Wage Act (Green, D-TX)H.R. 5731. Mandates that the federal minimum wage be equal to or greater than 112% of the federal poverty threshold beginning in 2007, and states that the minimum wage should be revised every four years.

Media Ownership Reform Act (Hinchey, D-NY)H.R. 3302. Restricts ownership of radio and television stations, forcing some owners to divest their holdings, and regulates broadcast content.

Universal Education Act (Kind, D-WI)H.R. 3930. Creates a Universal Education Corporation that provides taxpayer dollars to foreign countries that enter into education reform agreements with the U.S.

Medicare for All Act (Dingell, D-MI)H.R. 4683. Increases taxes on workers and employers to offer to all citizens, and other individuals legally present in the U.S., Medicare benefits equivalent to the health care plans federal employees receive.

Menu Education and Labeling Act (DeLauro, D-CT)H.R. 5563. Regulates what certain restaurants must print on their menus.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right of all citizens of the United States to a public education of equal high quality (Jackson, D-IL)H.J.Res. 29. Creates a constitutional right to equal public education.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right of citizens of the United States to health care of equal high quality (Jackson, D-IL)—H.J.Res. 30. Creates a constitutional right to equal health care.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing (Jackson, D-IL)H.J.Res. 32 and Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to a home (Rangel, D-NY)H.J.Res 40. Creates a constitutional right to housing.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to full employment and balanced growth (Jackson, D-IL)H.J.Res. 35. Creates a constitutional right to full employment.

14 Responses to “The liberals are coming to town, oh my!”

  1. Degree of Madness Says:

    A House controlled by Democrats, Continued

    In a September 17, 2006, column Nolan Finley concluded that a take-over of the House of Representatives by the Democrats would be a boost to the GOP’s chances in 2008: John Conyers may turn out to be the best friend

  2. 186k Per Second - » If The Lefties and Democrats get the votes Says:

    […] TimChapmanBlog and  Majority Whip Roy Blunt give a little peek into the political future if the Conservatives stay home. […]

  3. Woody Wilson Says:

    This is an excellent list of changes. It’s really too bad that you can’t understand why.

    I read these lists of changes that are made by people on what would happen if
    Democrats take over.

    Perhaps it is why democrats will take over.

    It’s like when people say our educational systems or media ( at least the few people that aren’t owned yet. Can’t eat pride, eh?) have a liberal bias. uhh, let’s see, could it be that it’s because they’re educated and informed?

    Just talking…

    Woody

  4. Bryan Says:

    I can see how this list of bills may seem appealing to someone who cannot see beyond the surface of its content, because they are blinded by the excitement generated by their beloved liberal activists. Which actually explains why there are so many liberals in the media — excitement sells.

  5. ajmac Says:

    Woody,

    This is why you libs are so fun to be around: you’re witty, humble, self-effacing, and not at all self-righteous or supercilious. And you put sentences together with aplomb. Very persuasive stuff. Would that we all demonstrated such terrific intellect.

  6. WhipDemDogs Says:

    The last time Dems won control of the House they held it for 40 years. The Conservatives who are going to sit this one out because Republicans haven’t been conservative enough are putting the nation at risk. The idea that the voters will see how crazy San Fran Nan and the rest of her ilk are and sweep them out in 2008 is extremely risky. Sure, it could happen, but if you think it’s easy to knock incumbents out of office you’ve been in the ivory tower too long and haven’t worked in any campaigns. I doubt Prof. Insty has ever worked to get someone elected but he sure can pontificate about how R’s have lost their way and need to be taught a lesson. Sheesh.

  7. Dustin Says:

    You know its pathetic how this article is written with such bias.

    I am a registered republican who no longer votes to my party as it has been hijacked by neocon nutjobs.. I don’t agree with nearly any of these proposals. but the athur of this article is so biased. What a snow job you try to paint. You pick the most obscure, worst ideas and present them and them only. Guess what stupid both parties have the same horrible ideas just different approaches.. The not-so liberal Dems want to give to much money to the people anymore and the I’m a Christian nut-job conservatives want to give it to their corporate buddies..

    I’m so sorry I ended up on this stupid ass page, I hope to God you made no money on it.. You don’t want balance between the two parties go back to where you came from (yup your a immigrant, unless your native)…

  8. Tim Says:

    Dustin,

    Don’t worry, I didn’t make any money off you!

    And I frequently criticize Republicans. If you read this “stupid ass page” at all you would know that.

    Are you suggesting in your post that the Democratic Party has a laundry list of good ideas that I am ignoring? If so, please educate me as to the contents of those proposals. Are you further suggesting that the liberal proposals listed above are harmless items that we need not bother ourselves with?

    Yes, this is a list of the most assinine Democratic proposals out there. That is the point! It is worth posting because it illustrates why the Dems cannot be taken seriously. A party with proposals like this is not ready for primetime. Sadly, they appear poised to take center stage despite themselves.

  9. BJS Says:

    Its gotta say something when the only argument you have for re-election is “look how bad they are!” Unforuntately, it would only take any intelligent person five minutes to find equally retarded measures proposed by the GOP to nullify this argument.

    Try not to take it too hard after watching the returns on election day guys.

  10. neckfro Says:

    You’re right–allowing states to enforce their own laws (i.e. medical marijuana) is SO LIBERAL. When will those liberals get off of their state’s rights/federalist wagon?

  11. Pat Says:

    The Libs have nothing to offer except more regulation in the vein of Stalin.

    The common sense interpritation of the Democratic party platform

    1.)Kill the babies and save the caribou. Aborition is fine but don’t you dare drill for oil in ANWAR.

    2.) No photos IDs at the polling places … how else can we get illegals and dead people to vote?

    3.) Tax you to death since we know how to spend your money better than you do.

    4.) Everything is Bush’s fault.

    If the Libs win back the House, we are in for it. Just the thought of the stench of the Patouli in the Capitol building is enough to scare me.

  12. TimChapmanBlog.com » Blog Archive » What will they do? Says:

    […] We have already seen a list of Democratic priorities that may be enacted if and when liberals wield power after the midterms. But here is some more from a recent Newsweek piece profiling a Dem majority: Dingell is careful to say he is not out to get George W. Bush, or the Republicans, and insists he will extend his hand to his GOP colleagues and conduct “oversight thoughtfully and responsibly.” He says “there’s no list” of things he wants to investigate. But in the next breath, he quickly ticks off a list of things he wants to investigate: The Bush administration’s handling of port security and the threat of nuclear smuggling; computer privacy; climate change; concentration of media ownership; the new Medicare Part D program, which he calls a “massive scandal,” and the secret meetings of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force. “This is a hardheaded administration,” Dingell says. “So we’ll probably have lots of hearings.”The House of Representatives is full of John Dingell Democrats—exiled committee chairmen awaiting the day they can reclaim the center chair on the dais. All carry lists—if only in their heads—of issues and outrages they believe Republicans have failed to probe because such questions would be politically embarrassing to the president. Henry Waxman of California is another Democratic old-timer whose ire never dims. A tireless investigator, he’s in line to head the Government Reform Committee, and plans to take aim at Halliburton and alleged rip-offs and contract abuse in Iraq. Then there’s Charles Rangel, the New York congressman who’s never met a cable show he didn’t like. He is set to take over the Ways and Means Committee, and wants to take a hard look at the Bush tax cuts. John Conyers of Michigan has waited for years to head the Judiciary Committee. He’s likely to convene hearings on the Patriot Act and domestic wiretapping. In the past, he has suggested the possibility of impeachment hearings for President Bush. “When the Clinton administration was in office, there was no accusation too small for the Republicans to rush out the subpoenas,” Waxman says. “When Bush became president, there wasn’t a scandal big enough for them to ignore.” […]

  13. Morning Coffee Says:

    The Dem Agenda…

    Here is a look at some of the bills proposed by Congressional Democrats the last couple of years.. If Dems manage to capture a majority in the House or Senate this year, this is the Agenda they will likely pursue.
    Department of Peace and Nonviolence Ac…

  14. The Dem Agenda… « Morning Coffee Says:

    […] HT to Timchapmanblog […]

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