Barack Obama and Harry Reid have unconditionally surrendered the values and policies that Democrats have stood for since 1932 to the Republicans and the Tea Party, as surely as Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox.
The only question now is whether enough House Democrats will revolt and provide sufficient votes for the House to reject this atrocity, forcing the parties back to the bargaining table--hopefully with the leadership of Nancy Pelosi.
If approximately 175 out of the 193 Democrats in the House combine with about 40 dissident Republicans--who oppose the Obama/Reid/McConnell plan for their own reasons--it can probably be blocked and negotiations of somewhat more reasonable terms reopened.
If not, July 31, 2011 will likely go down in history as the day that the liberal Democratic project--the hope that corporate power could be balanced by sensible regulation, Keynesian economics, and a measure of economic security for American citizens--died, or rather committed mass suicide.
House Democrats and Nancy Pelosi--You are all that stands between the American people and unconditional surrender to the darkest forces in American society and the mass suicide of the liberal Democratic project. Stop this madness!
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