Train Spotting
Bill Quick

Watt nomination to be U.S. housing regulator clears Senate hurdle – Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Representative Mel Watt’s nomination to lead the agency that regulates taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate, putting it on course for final approval likely later on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama nominated Watt in May to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, but Republicans had blocked a final vote. Last month, however, Senate Democrats changed the rules to allow nominees like Watt to overcome filibusters with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber.

Previously, it took 60 votes. Democrats control the chamber 55-45.

Here comes the flood. Why does all this remind me of the following?

Arabs Battling Regimes See Erdogan’s Muslim Democracy as Model – Bloomberg

They often cite a comment Erdogan made when he was
mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s, calling democracy “a train that
takes you to your destination, and then you get off.”

When do you think we’ll be getting off?  Or are we already off the train?

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Train Spotting — 1 Comment

  1. I think that train left the station – leaving us on the platform, still trying to buy a ticket – quite awhile ago…

    We could still catch up – or maybe working on getting the train to come around again would be better – but Time Marches On, and all that…

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