The Democrat Party is either being cunning or desperate – I suspect it is a bit of both as they have just named Patty Murray of Washington State, the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee see here. She has been the subject of an article naming her the stupidest person in America, see here, although I have disputed this, see here. This is an understandable characterization when describing the long time senator and former teacher of “parenting.” When the government decided to cut her worthless job she got angry and in an effort to save her job ran for office. If she had been a Republican of course she might have been doing something more constructive instead of teaching this silly course. And if she had been a Republican senator the media would be attacking her. But because she is a Democrat the fact that she had previously held a low paying jobs due to having almost no qualification to do anything is carefully concealed.
Naming Patty Murray to the position of chairman of the Senate Budget Committee may well be an act of cunning or desperation on the part of Senator Harry Reid (after all having anyone smarter than Obama head the committee would not be good for Reid or Obama’s agenda). Alternatively it may just be because she was able to come up with enough money (was George Soros involved?) to get on an “A” list committee. It has recently come to light that congressional committee assignments are often made purely based on the ability to pay “dues” to the party. Alternatively she had just been around so long on the committee that it was her turn. In any case the Senate has been ignoring the law by refusing to submit a budget ever since Obama got into office so her appointment may not matter, and I doubt she got much education on budgets, finance, and the like at Washington State University where she earned a B.A. in physical education.
All education degrees are the subject of contempt on university campuses by those in fields that require even a modicum of study. This is as true in America as it is abroad. But a degree in “physical education” is even despised by those in the “education colleges.” This is where those who fifty years ago would have been lucky to find work stocking shelves go to get degrees. The “physical education” department may contain a few individual students or professors who have some intellectual ability (higher education IS meant to be training of the mind) but Patty Murray has done nothing to prove that she might be among them.
Democrats on the Budget Committee include Debbie Stabenow (MI ) a career politician, socialist Bernie Sanders (VT) the only Independent (he caucuses with the Democrats) who seems to have been perilously close to being a drifter before drifting into politics, and Jeff Merkley (OR) who has worked solely in government and non-profits. I would not of course want to see any Democrat in charge of the Senate budget committee, but I believe we might immediately rule out these individuals along with Patty Murray as being incapable and unqualified to even serve on the committee, let alone lead it.
Better qualified Democrats on the committee are those trained in the law (although not necessarily practicing lawyers). These include Ron Wyden (OR), Chris Coons (DE), Bill Nelson (FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Mark Warner (VA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Tim Kaine (VA). Warner was managing director of a venture capital firm, while Kaine has a B.A. in economics so they both seem like far better candidates for this post than Patty Murray. Although their take on economics might be discouraging I believe that any of them might prove more astute than Patty Murray. Her presence in the Senate, and even more so her presence on this committee, shows how completely out of touch with reality the Democrat Party has become and how unserious they are about actually accomplishing anything. But if there is one thing to be said in Patty Murray’s favor it is not only that she is reliably stupid, but that she is reliably Democrat and will do exactly what her masters tell her.
Not surprisingly the Republicans on this committee are far better educated and qualified than the Democrats discussed above. Education isn’t everything, but that and/or experience in some serious, real profession (as opposed to community organizing) is evidence of some real world knowledge and they would probably have done a much better job than any of the Democrats. Those trained in law are Jeff Sessions (AL), Mike Crapo (ID), Lindsey Graham (SC), Rob Portman (OH), Kelly Ayotte (NH), and Roger Wicker (MS). Rob Portman also has a business background, while Roger Wicker also has a background in Journalism and Political Science.
Republican non-lawyers on the Senate Budget committee include Ron Johnson (WI) who was CEO of a prosperous manufacturing company, Pat Toomey (PA) whose background is business and who worked in banks for several years, and Mike Enzi (WY) an accountant who has also run a business, and has an MBA. But the most interesting of the lot is Charles Grassley (IA) who was a farmer, metal worker and worked on an assembly line before receiving a Ph.D. in Political Science and going into politics.
and probably legally (although that may not matter to the “one”) the
party with the most number of members in the Senate gets the
chairmanship. And also traditionally and legally senators
are elected every six years, with one-third of the Senate up for
election or re-election every two years. It so happens that in 2014 each
party will have exactly three senators from this committee running for
re-election. Those running next year are Democrats Jeff Merkley (OR),
Chris Coons (DE), Mark Warner (VA), and Republicans Jeff Sessions (AL),
Lindsey Graham (SC), and Mike Enzi (WY). Lindsey Graham, although he
has an R behind his name has proved to be a real RINO (Republican in
Name Only) – so much so that there is already an active movement to
replace him. But like all candidates he must first win the primary and
the Conservative movement is strong in South Carolina.
Oregon and Delaware are fairly left wing states so it seem quite possible that Merkley and Coons will hang on to their seats, although as Obamacare, unemployment and other features of the Obama administration continue to cause damage to the country it is entirely possible that they could lose to a more conservative candidate, even one who is a Democrat. As to Mark Warner, well, to some extent his fortune is tied to both that of Barack Obama and the very tight governor’s race in Virginia. With the election almost a year away almost anything could happen and very often does, which means it is impossible to predict the make-up of this committee in the next Congress. This is the Senate Budget Committee, and unless the Republicans take over the Senate in 2014 it seems unlikely that the committee will produce a budget. Should they win the Senate they will also have to grow a spine, because if Obama is not impeached (and he has a great insurance policy – Joe Biden) soon, the Republicans may have to shut down the government for as long as it takes and fight this one out.