Wikipedia describes the law of unintended consequences as follows:
The Law of Unintended Consequences or unintended consequences is an adage or epigram that can be defined as follows: “Any intervention in a complex system may or may not have the intended result, but will inevitably create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes”. In common usage, it is a wry or humorous expression warning against the hubristic belief that humans can fully control the world around them. It is used in variety of different contexts in different fields of study, including Philosophy, Economics, History, and Social Sciences.
Someone forgot to school the Republicans on Capitol Hill about the law of unintended consequences.
They appear confident that November 2010 will result in a re-awakening for voters in this country. They said that victory toward a majority in the Senate and possibly the House was in sight. Between their “party of no” status and their really poor attitude toward partisanship, Republicans may need to rethink their strategies and agenda for the upcoming mid-term elections:
A new Democracy Corps poll finds Republicans may have crossed a line with independent voters.Stan Greenberg: “Why? Independent voters may have been stirred by Senator Jim Bunning’s one-man filibuster that stopped work sites and unemployment checks. They may have noticed the Republicans’ last stand for the insurance companies, just as one of the largest insurers, WellPoint, raised its rates 39 percent.”
Specifically, favorability ratings among independents for incumbent Republican members of Congress has dropped by 11 points in the last month, to just 42%. The generic congressional ballot shows Republicans dropping 12 points among independents.
While Senate Democrats held a press conference celebrating their latest health care reform victory on Thursday afternoon, a Republican slipped into the chamber to move a bill that would extend soon-to-expire enhanced unemployment benefits — paid for with $10 billion in unused funds from the stimulus bill.
With Democrats caught off guard, the clock started ticking on the bill’s slog through the legislative process. Democratic leaders, who had planned to introduce the same bill without using funds committed to the stimulus, trudged into the chamber as Sen. Tom Coburn launched into an epic speech on the perils of deficit spending.
“We’re going to be like the Athenian Empire,” warned the Oklahoma Republican, standing alone on the Republican side of the room. “The real thing going on outside Washington is the fear that that’s happening to us.”
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) slumped in his chair, rubbing his temples in apparent agony.
After about 20 minutes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) interrupted Coburn to ask: “How long are you going to talk?”
Coburn said he planned to talk for another 45 minutes. Reid turned around and left the room. He eventually returned with a motion to table Coburn’s bill, which succeeded easily.
After the vote, Coburn’s office released a statement blaming Democrats for blocking benefits. “The 59 Senators who voted no,” the statement said, “may be the only 59 people in the country who believe the federal government is running at peak efficiency and can’t be trimmed to pay for unemployment benefits for families who are struggling.”