The Nation magazine has the article Did the GOP Just Give Away $130 Billion of Public Property? by Rep. Alan Grayson.
In December, two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, pushed Congress and the president into giving away what could amount to over $130 billion in public property.
That’s enough to provide every single unemployed American a minimum-wage job for an entire year. That’s enough to pay for a year of tuition at a public institution for every college student in the US.
And yet the GOP big-shots call themselves “fiscal conservatives”! “Fiscal conservatives,” my you-know-what.
I’m talking about the huge giveaway to the mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton in the Defense Authorization Act. It was splayed across ten pages of the bill, pages 441 to 450 (out of 697).
If you read the rest of the article, you will see why I am always touting Alan Grayson as one of the key progressive Democrats in Congress. The House Democratic leadership just does not give him the respect (and power) he deserves. That reason alone would be enough to explain why I don’t give the House Democratic leadership as much respect as they might earn if they were only more interested in getting stuff accomplished than in getting along with the Republicans. Bipartisanship be damned. Doing what’s right trumps bipartisanship.