Noble Ideas: Speaker Pelosi's Vision

Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 09:18 AM

I have to hand it to future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: She and me think way too much alike...

Pelosi's already planning for the first 100 hours of Democrat power,which we all hope takes place.

Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."

I like that, but I'd prefer a chainsaw, Mdm Speaker. How's about we call lobbying by it's more accurate term....bribery? Make it punishable by, oh, lessee....25 to life?

Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A genuine no-brainer, considering the White Slum couldn't do that, might actually work!

Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds -- "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

Hmm, a bigger minimum wage? Long overdue since 1979 (Raygun, of course). Student loans, yeah, that's way cool. Telling Big Pharma to take a pay cut? That I want to see! I want tickets!

All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above "a certain level." She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized.

Here she and I cut horses: I want corporate and wealthy tax hikes to go back to Ike levels. They do not deserve anything less, as punishment for sending jobs overseas.

Be lucky I won't run: My agenda?

-Impeaching Das Chimpenfuerher may not work, so I can do the next best thing: Anything he wants goes into the dumpster. Anything. And watch me smirk my tail off doing it.

-A whole new corporate tax system using the old carrot-n-stick approach: Send jobs overseas? Tax hikes, big ones. Open factories here? Hire Americans? Tax cuts.

-Universal Health Care, similar to Canada's. Long overdue, kids first. Yes, we're already paying for it, why not use it the right way, duh!

-Project Energy Freedom. A NASA-grade high dollar project to rid the U.S.A. of dependance on ANY hydrocarbon products. No oil, no coal, no gas. Totally renewable stuff. Feasible? Yes. Practical? No, but then going to the moon was just as, and the sooner we crank up such a thing, the better off America will be.

-The return of The Fairness Doctrine, and no longer just an FCC guideline, but federal law. Then, Sean Hannity can put up with being on a panel with Michael Moore and Jon Stewart. At the least, that's entertainment!!

-And a total review and possible repeal of ALL laws enacted from Raygun forward, including burning every trade treaty signed to date. We want fair trade, dollar for dollar.

That's my wish list. I know, outlawing Rethuglicans is a stretch, but I can dream, can't I?