Dan Coats is a whiner. We pay our elected officials to complete a job which includes up to the day they leave office. But that seems to be too much for Coats to bear, and, instead, he would rather have seen our “lame-duck” officials sit back, take it easy, leave any number of important issues undecided, and head for the hills come January.
Of course, Coats would rather have had he and his new Republican cronies take control of all those issues to decide in favor of their wealthy contributors. After all, the wealthiest of the wealthy could have counted on Coats and his buddies to extend the tax cuts permanently, ensuring continued gracious support from them come election time.
And, Coats assured those departing no-goods who actually got a job done that “we will be watching you” Here is his statement:
“Congress should have voted against raising taxes and against new spending, and then packed up for home to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.”
He accused Democratic leaders of threatening members with an extended session to win votes on “unpopular” bills. Two-thirds of the public vigorously opposed extending the tax cuts to the top earners over $250,000. Was that the unpopular bill of which he spoke?
Although disagreement cropped up within the Democratic party over the tax cut bill, the Democrats got some good bills passed. Just what did Coats decide he didn’t want done? Did he want the tax cuts to expire so that the issue could become a given with the wealthy winning tax cuts into eternity? And the rest of the taxpayers seeing an increase in their already dwindling take-home income?
Did he want the thousands and thousands whose unemployment benefits were to expire to face weeks with the Republicans dithering over whether the benefits should continue or not?
Did he want the START treaty languishing in the Senate so that the Hawks could spew fear to the public to try to convince their constituents as well as each other that the “Reds are coming, the Reds are coming?”
Coats carpetbagged his way into another senate term, and he is now acting like a spoiled child who didn’t get the toys he wanted for Christmas. He says he is part of a group that is being “sent to Washington to do things differently.” Well, nothing is stopping him from doing things differently when his term starts.
But, for now, our congressional members earned their pay right up to the end of their terms. Nothing wrong with that. We paid them to do so, and they did. Coats isn’t a senator yet, but, heaven help us when he is, once again, in that position.