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Democrat happy with filibuster

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I agree with William Phillips in the Letters to the Editor from April 28 ("Sen. Murkowski should hold out"), but for different reasons.

Being a Democrat, I'm extremely happy the filibuster is there now so that all of Bush's right wing cronies can't be ushered in without great scrutiny. But he's also right in that both the House and Senate change majorities between Democrats and Republicans all the time, as the pendulum of people's feelings swing back and forth, and they will be glad it's there for them, too, in the future.

So you see, there are things we can agree about, if everyone would stop trying to be "great" politicians and realize they are just another cog in the giant wheel of humanity.

OK, I'm really puzzled on this one: Can anyone tell me why the current administration calls itself conservatives? They aren't conservative in the environment, and with the huge deficits and debt, they certainly aren't conservative with our money. Is there another meaning for conservative that I'm missing? It seems like the only thing their conservative with is "their" money.

Now for all politicians: If they were all on Social Security, instead of the cushy retirement plans they've voted for themselves, how long do you think it would take them to devise an acceptable system? And probably even a good one? I say, put them on it so we know it'll be something to look forward to.

Neil C. Robinson, Kenai



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