– Amid all the sorrow expressed over the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy last week, I was surprised to hear our own Sen. Orrin Hatch take one particular direction with his arguement.
Everyone knows that Ted and Orrin were good friends and worked on a lot of legislation together, so I am positive Orrin’s sorrow is genuine. However, his statements that, with Sen. Kennedy gone, further bipartisan progress in the Senate is less likely puzzles me.
Hatch said Kennedy could cross the aisle like no other, getting dems and gops to cooperate. Which begs the question: Precisely why can’t Sen. Hatch do that too?
Perhaps he feels himself constrained by party loyalty, or worries the folks back home might frown, or he simply harbors a desire to push partisan agendas at the expense of the nation.
But if there is anyone in the Senate who should be able to rise above partisanship, and work for reconciliation at any cost, it is Sen. Hatch.
Kennedy could do what he did because he enjoyed absolute job security. Hatch is in a similarly situation. His job security is unassailable and even if it were not, so what? What better way to cap off a distinguished career than to go down in flames trying to do what’s right instead of playing the same old partisan games?
To say “Gosh, we can’t do this without Ted,” gives the dead Ted way too much power. It also abrogates responsibility to the dead, which strikes me as a bit chicken.
Buck up Senator — quit watching the polls, quit playing political games, and do your job.
– We note with pleasure the story (click here!) that Centerville is installing a bicycle lane. Everyone should install more bicycle lanes because the price of oil is only going to rise if the economy improves and you want it to improve, do you not? Of course you do.
If that’s not enough reason, ponder this op-ed piece in the LA Times (click here!) which posits the very real possibility that Israel could, without even asking us how we feel about it, bomb Iranian nuclear facilities. If it does that, and the writer seems certain it very easily would if it wanted to, it would immediately cause Iran to counter-attack, shutting down the Straits of Hormuz and quadrupling the price of oil, sending pump prices in the U.S. soaring and making all of us wish we’d learned how to pump up our bicycle tires a lot sooner.
Of course, if the price of gasoline gets high enough fast enough — I remember one “Iran is bombed” scenario that saw it hitting $10 a gallon overnight, but that was fiction, reality is usually worse — we could end up not needing any new bicycle lanes.
Why? We’ll already have plenty, stretches of asphalt that now go by other names: I-15, U.S. 89, Main Street, 1900 West and all the rest.