Excerpts from… Wall Street Journal Thursday, July 22, 2004 “Daschle’s Dead Zone” “It was said of Willie Mays that his glove was the place where triples went to die. The U.S. Senate has earned a similar reputation of late, but one that is hardly a compliment: It’s the place where good ideas go to die…” “…We counted 27 such major bills in the past session of Congress, and 26 more are in danger of meeting the same fate this year…” “…the Senate’s own rules and traditions give to the minority the power to hold the whole body hostage through the filibuster, which can only be overcome by a supermajority of 60 votes. “It’s worth remembering, however, that historically the latter weapon was used sparingly. The threat of a filibuster was most often brandished as a bargaining tool for the minority to exact concessions from the majority. But in recent years, and never more than in this Congress, the filibuster has become a tool to block an entire legislative program that had won a mandate from the voters. “…The political reality is that if voters want to pass the items on the attached list, much less pass Social Security reform or make tax cuts permanent, they are going to have to elect more Republican Senators in November…” Legislation that has passed the House in the 108th Congress but is dying in the world’s greatest deliberative body. Bill House Vote Date Bill Passed in House Welfare Reform 230-192 Feb. 13, 2003 Human Cloning Prohibition Act 241-155 Feb. 27, 2003 Medical Malpractice 229-196 March 3, 2003 Bankruptcy Reform 315-113 March 17, 2003 Pension Security Act 271-157 May 14, 2003 Flag Burning and Desecration 300-125 June 3, 2003 Class Action Fairness Act 253-170 June 12, 2003 Death Tax Repeal 264-163 June 18, 2003 Head Start Reform 217-216 July 25, 2003 Energy Bill 246-180 Nov. 21, 2003 Marriage Penalty Repeal 323-95 April 28, 2004 Make 10% Tax Bracket Permanent 344-76 May 13, 2004 Folks we need to get these middle class blood sucking democrats out of office. I used to vote for the man not the party but lately more and more the gap is increasing. These People don't stand up to scrutiny if their voting record is made public. Alot of Republicans are moderate and are from the state you live in. While more and more Democrats ( Hillary Clinton? ) jump from one state to another to forward nothing more than a liberal agenda. They say one thing during an election then promptly vote the opposite way while congress is in session. Don't be a victim of this propaganda. I urge you to vote straight Republican, for the survival of our country. Thanks for reading this and please consider the alternative.