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  •  Alan Grayson (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, raboof

    had a diary on the rec list earlier, called Legislation Constipation. In it he says:

    Here are what I modestly and humbly refer to as “Grayson’s Laws of Legislating”: (1) Vote for what you’re in favor of. (2) Vote for what you can live with, if you must do that to get what you need. What we’ve been seeing in the House of Representatives lately have been massive and pervasive violations of Grayson’s Laws of Legislating. Instead of “I’ll vote for X because it’s right,” or “You don’t like X and I don’t like Y, but I’ll vote for X and Y if you vote for X and Y,” instead it’s “If I don’t get Z, I ain’t votin’ on nothin’.” And that’s the problem.
    With a Republican majority in the House, we aren't always going to get what we want, but the House Democrats understand (unlike the rigid and ideological Tea Party caucus) that they might have to compromise to move bills forward and get things done.

    It's really nice to able to stand on principle, but it doesn't achieve much. Congressman Grayson (and Mick Jagger) understood this:

    Mick Jagger, that eminent political scholar, had it all figured out more than forty years ago. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find – you just might find -- that you get what you need.
    IMO, at this point (with a Dem minority in the House) Boehner is going to have to come to Democrats to get a bill passed in the House.
    If nothing happens, taxes will go up on everyone.  Extended unemployment will end. We won't get any mini-stimulus (as Krugman calls it). Then we move on to the next debt ceiling crisis.
    We don't have the luxury of calling the shots here.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:23:55 AM PST

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