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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:07 AM
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Rolling Stone Mag - The Worst Congress Ever
How our national legislature has become a stable of thieves and perverts -- in five easy steps

MATT TAIBBI

There is very little that sums up the record of the U.S. Congress in the Bush years better than a half-mad boy-addict put in charge of a federal commission on child exploitation. After all, if a hairy-necked, raincoat-clad freak like Rep. Mark Foley can get himself named co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, one can only wonder: What the hell else is going on in the corridors of Capitol Hill these days?

These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the U.S. parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula -- a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.

To be sure, Congress has always been a kind of muddy ideological cemetery, a place where good ideas go to die in a maelstrom of bureaucratic hedging and rank favor-trading. Its whole history is one long love letter to sleaze, idiocy and pigheaded, glacial conservatism. That Congress exists mainly to misspend our money and snore its way through even the direst political crises is something we Americans understand instinctively. "There is no native criminal class except Congress," Mark Twain said -- a joke that still provokes a laugh of recognition a hundred years later.

But the 109th Congress is no mild departure from the norm, no slight deviation in an already-underwhelming history. No, this is nothing less than a historic shift in how our democracy is run. The Republicans who control this Congress are revolutionaries, and they have brought their revolutionary vision for the House and Senate quite unpleasantly to fruition. In the past six years they have castrated the political minority, abdicated their oversight responsibilities mandated by the Constitution, enacted a conscious policy of massive borrowing and unrestrained spending, and installed a host of semipermanent mechanisms for transferring legislative power to commercial interests. They aimed far lower than any other Congress has ever aimed, and they nailed their target.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/12055360/cov...
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:10 AM
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1. Matt Fuckin Rocks
Nailed. It. Hard. Woot.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:27 AM
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6. The article rocks
Matt is another matter though. For some reason he's on a mission to discredit the 9-11 Truth movement but like most OCTers, he'd rather tear apart individuals, rather then discuss the physical evidence.

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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:22 AM
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2. Well, the Republics in Congre$$ certainly slaughtered the sheep.
But the sheep went willingly. Occasional bleats of discontent were drowned in the roar of support for the Courageous Wartime President. And the band played Waltzing Matilda.

:grr:
dbt
Remember New Orleans

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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:02 AM
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3. Worst congress ever led by the worst president ever n/t
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:22 AM
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4. Love the cover!
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:27 AM
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5. Rolling Stone magazine
I don't subscribe, but I've been readidng it in doctors' waiting rooms. It has the best investigative journalism I've seen in a l-o-o-o-ng time.
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