U.S. Congress Combines Worst of Left & Right
So now Congress have approved additional funding for the Iraq war. Democrats at first wanted a timetable for withdrawal, but later decided to appease Bush and cave in to his demands to drop the timetable. This despite the fact that they had the upper hand. Because if no funding bill were passed, then Bush would be forced to end the war immediately. And it would certainly be reasonable to demand at the very least that Bush define how victory look like and put forward a concrete and realistic plan on how to achieve it.
And just to make sure that they didn't just appear spineless but really ridiculous and stupid too, Democratic leader Harry Reid still claimed "The days of blank cheques and green lights for his failed policy are over". So that was why you gave him everything he wanted, the way he wanted it?
Ah, but the Democrats apparently think they can answer the likely anger from their base they managed to insert a minimum wage increase into the bill. Not that this in anyway means a compromise from Bush since it included the symbolic "small business tax cuts" he wanted to have. The Democrats have in other word not gotten a single concession from Bush to approve his policies and they still claim that "The days of blank cheques and green lights" are over? Puh-lease.......
Anyway though, so the end result is that the Democrats agreed to continue the futile neoconservative quest to sacrifice thousands of Americans lives and hundreds of billions of dollars to bring Western democracy to a culture hostile to it, and in exchange, the Republicans "agreed" to increase domestic regulations in exchange. A really bad day for liberty and good day for statism.