After reading the article about how Senator Schumer predicted that President Barack Obama would win re-election, I wondered if he would finally begin to champion Democratic ideals. I wondered to what end his political power would benefit the Democratic cause. One can see this in an article illuminating some of his thoughts-- http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/25/chuck-schumer-paints-democratic-nightmare-scenario/. But, he seems to vote Democratic. Right? I noticed he seems to be around the Republicans trying to make bi-partisan deals. An example has been documented before election day with the following:
Mr. Schumer said he rejected the idea of a tax code overhaul as “little more than happy talk.” Taxes, he said, could not be changed to bring in more revenue, lower the top tax rates and still protect the middle class from tax increases.
Instead, he said that the top two income tax rates should be frozen, and any additional revenues generated by closing loopholes and curtailing or eliminating tax deductions and credits should be devoted to deficit reduction.
This sounds like what the Republicans are proposing. My concerns have been articulated very well in a PBS production ( Please forgive me because I am recalling from memory.), Money, Power and the American Dream. The eye opening piece painted Senator Schumer as quite an ally to the likes of Koch brothers and the ilk of corporate members regarded as filthy rich. (The documentary was published recently on Youtube.) The eye opening piece to me put Senator Schumer at odds with what President Obama was saying during the campaign. It is this reason, I do not see any action taken really to solve permanently the contributing problems to the "fiscal cliff." It seems politically, the order of the day with congress is to just pass stop gap measures and kick the proverbial can down the street.
Still, should President Obama grow a backbone and ask Senator Schumer what he really intends? Does President Obama have any allies in this congress? Many people see Senator Schumer as a Republican not as a Democrat as he votes. Or, does it matter? Should we care? From watching the documentary on PBS, I saw a simple argument made showing how the deck is rigged and there really is no hope. Right?