Senate fight, round one: Delayers 2, Future Generations, 0

rockem.jpgYesterday, the referee gave future generations a standing eight count and gave the delayers a warning about unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Delayers certainly have been pounding future generations relentlessly with their powerful “higher energy prices” jab. Future generations have had difficulty responding since, of course, they don’t exist yet. Thus future generations can’t really explain that higher energy prices are inevitable anyway because of peak oil and gas and the success the Delayers have previously had at blocking any intelligent energy policy.

The subsitute boxer for future generations — aka the “Boxer substitute” [sorry, couldn’t resist] — got tangled up in the ropes for several hours while the fight announcer was forced by the Delayers to read some meaningless gibberish. This strategy is sometimes called the Rope-a-Dope. Sometimes it is called hitting below the belt. The lack of respect the delayers have for future generations sometimes is truly shocking.

Now in some sense the fact that future generations are in this fight at all is incredible.

After all, future generations can’t vote, and they can’t make campaign contributions, like, say, big energy, which earned some $1 trillion last year. The fact that anybody stands up for future generations at all is noteworthy.

The other incredible thing about this fight is that Boxer substitute had been hospitalized for months and recently died. In that sense, the fact that the scoring is only 2-0 against is a testament to … something. Okay, I don’t know what it’s a testament to.

Personally, I am not a fan of boxing as I was in my younger days. Everybody ends up bloodied and nothing useful is accomplished. That is especially true when one of the fighters is not concerned about his own health and well-being — or anyone else’s — and only wants to win at any cost.

8 Responses to Senate fight, round one: Delayers 2, Future Generations, 0

  1. John McCormick says:

    [Okay, I don’t know what it’s a testament to.]

    The * it * is the 2-0 score, right, Joe.

    I see no testament. I see no anything except the botched legislative strategy driven by legislators who seem to have lost their strategic thinking sense.

    At a time when people are panicked at the gas pump, the Senate leadership decided this was an opportune time to drag into the coliseum a shriveled bill they knew would not slay the lion and would instead be eaten alive. You can probably find similar events in various testaments.

    I have watched and participated in congressional legislative campaigns and floor fights for 35 years and it is difficult to recall a more fruitless and costly floor debate than this.

    Now, the public knows one thing for sure regardless of whom our next President might be; climate change legislation is going to cost a heck of a lot more money at the pump. That is from now on the drum beat.

    Timing is everything in life. Time wasted is lost opportunity. Bad timing is sometimes fatal.

    John McCormick

  2. jcwinnie says:

    Really, Joseph, were you expecting otherwise from the oil pimps?

  3. Gary says:

    Wait a minute… you want this “gibberish” to become law?

  4. Don says:

    I’m with Gary. If it’s “meaningless gibberish”, aren’t you glad the so-called “Delayers” exposed it? We don’t want to pass “gibberish” laws, I am sure you would agree.

  5. Joe says:

    Nice try Gary and Don — but 1) this was a humorous take on the subject and 2) the forced nine-hour reading of the bill is the equivalent of meaningless gibberish since, like most bills, it refers back and forth to different items and hardly makes any sense read aloud, if the GOP or anyone else were actually listening, which they weren’t.

  6. Greg says:

    It sure is a terrible thing for lawmakers to know what they’re voting on. Just do something, even if it doesn’t work, right?

  7. Joe says:

    I see, Greg. So you recommend that all the members of the Senate learn what is in the bill by sitting through a nine hour reading of it. Gotcha.

  8. Gekkobear says:

    Well Joe, you’re right.

    It was a publicity stunt, forcing the reading of the bill simply delayed the vote for a day, and made public that the 157 page bill was getting 491 pages of corrections.

    So the cloture vote was one day later. Or two days after the 491 pages were added.

    How long do you think it should take to go through 491 pages of legalese? Obviously less than two work days?

    Or do you recommend Congress vote on bills with minimal discussion, and no idea what they’re voting on? Personally I question whether Congress really understands what they’re voting on on any case, but limiting their time to force simply scanning the text and then voting seems less likely to improve the process.

    Reading the bill was a publicity stunt, but trying to force through the legislation in the hurried fashion they did without giving sufficient time to determine what was being voted on? That was ok?

    I guess a couple extra days to understand the bill would have critically impacted the environment, leading to excessive warming (based on the extra days of discussion). But now, because it was rushed; the delay is measured in months or years… and the problem is the people who delayed it a day? There’s an odd focus on the unimportant portion of the exercise. I’d say if it had been fully discussed it would have had a better chance of passing…

    But I guess passing wasn’t the goal. Just getting it to the vote ASAP, and having that delayed a day (before cloture failed) is the real tragedy here.

    How would having had the cloture vote on Thursday, and having it fail then put us in a different place than we are now?