Congressional Dems insist that we rush into a solution to the Wall Street fiasco, insisting that we “Do something! Do Something! DO SOMETHING!!!” … and then, when the "something" doesn’t happen in exactly the manner they want …. They take two days off.
Let’s look at this, shall we?
bail-out bill had no chance of passing, although if they were really committed to its passage, the Dems could’ve passed it handily without
any help from the Republicans … but they chose not to ... because they needed the Republicans to
be their scapegoat.
Let’s step into what Tim Allen used to call the "way back machine" and remember that the original bill didn’t have any input from the Republicans … yet the DemocRats insisted that the Republicans be included in the vote. I firmly believe that it’s so that they’d have someone to pin the blame on once it became obvious that it was going to either not alleviate the situation or would make it worse. If it failed to pass, they would be able to lay the blame ... if it didn't work according to plan, they would be able to throw it into Republicans' faces with the accusal of "he/she voted for it!"
So, the Republicans brainstorm and come up with an alternative that wouldn’t cost the American Taxpayers as much money, provides for loans and insurance premiums rather than wholesale bail-out … and it doesn’t pass … in truth, some Republicans voted against it, too, because they believe they can come up with a better bill and some Republicans who had initially voted for it changed their votes to "NO", but that was after noticing that the Democrats who were pushing for its passage .... weren't voting FOR it!!!
95 Democrats, including 12 of the 37-member house banking committee, voted against the bill also … and Barney Frank was nowhere nearby to try to convince Dems to change their votes! Neither was the Minority Whip. If you’re certain that “this is the bill we need to fix the problem”, you’re there to whip up your colleagues! If you’re sure it’s not going to pass, has no hope of passing, and want someone else to blame for it, you make yourself scarce.
Then we find out that at least 12 Democrats voting on the bill had Nancy Pelosi’s permission to vote “no” on the bill (were these 12 part of the 37-member committee? … or were they actually given the permission (reportedly) to save their seats in their districts … yep, that makes total sense … IF you’re caring more about protecting your overpaid job instead of representing the best interests of the constituency you’ve been elected/hired to represent.