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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:39 AM
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Deep Pockets, Small Gov't & the Man in the Middle (DeLay Pressure Tactics)
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 11:12 AM by Roland99
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Pence , chairman of a group of House conservatives called the Republican Study Committee, was complaining to his companions about a Robert Novak column in yesterday's Washington Post saying Pence was subjected to a "closed-door auto-da-fe" from Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay for daring to suggest that the profligate House leadership should reconsider its big-spending ways. But Pence got the leadership's message, loud and clear.

Pence's speech was billed by the conservative Young America's Foundation (YAF) as a discussion of "why the conservative leadership in Congress has abandoned its allegiance to the principles of smaller government" and gone on "massive spending splurges." But instead, a chastened congressman delivered unstinting praise for his superiors.

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Ideology and party loyalty are clashing among congressional Republicans these days, and the smart money is on party loyalty. Conservatives, enraged by talk of spending $200 billion on the Hurricane Katrina recovery, are calling on the leadership to slow down popular programs and to find spending cuts to offset the expenses. But congressional leaders have rejected most of the conservatives' entreaties.

Just before Pence gave his toned-down speech, a fellow member of the Republican Study Committee, lunching with reporters at Charlie Palmer Steak, accepted that Congress would not find cuts to pay for the $62 billion spent so far on Katrina -- much less the $250 billion more that Louisiana wants from the feds. If "we find $20 billion in offsets, we'll probably declare victory," said the congressman, who spoke on the condition that he not be named.


Ah...Bugman teaching the underling "how it's done in Washington". Damn I hope like hell Bugman gets indicted today!!!


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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:49 AM
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1. "Auto-da-fe? What's an auto-da-fe?"
"It's what you oughtn't to do,
but you do anyway"
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:07 AM
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2. the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:02 PM
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3. I was quoting the Mel Brooks movie "History of the World"
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:15 PM
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4. Oh...heh heh
Well, DeLay won't be pressuring people much anymore!!

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