Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Obama Abandons Wilderness Plan

Don't know the details behind this decision, but it looks too much like another abandonment of the causes embraced by President Obama.

Just where is he on environmental and climate change issues? We know that it is difficult or impossible to get legislation to reduce carbon emissions and other needed changes. But where is the bully pulpit on these issues? He should be calling out Republicans (and some Democrats) and mustering public opinion for prompt and meaningful action.

House Votes Against Raising Debt Ceiling

This is what the debt ceiling vote should be - straight up, just on this issue. But many Democrats joined the Republicans in voting no on raising the ceiling without spending cuts. Don't these Democrats know that the debt ceiling should not be held hostage for the cuts that Republicans want to make?

The ceiling was raised often and automatically over the past decade. To vote against this raise shows that these Democrats are afraid and timid, being unwilling to work to convince their constituents of the proper approach to the debt ceiling issue.