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warren pease Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:28 PM
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101. Pure hog swill and party line nonsense...
Point by point:

"People could look at them holding hearings and ask themselves, is this what we pay them to do?"

Well yeah. It's generally understood that among their primary responsibilities is the one that compels them to "... support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Anything ambiguous about that? So this is exactly what we pay them to do. Not that it usually works out that way, as you can see in the next section.

"Shouldn't our representatives be working on legislation?"

I suppose, but that's soooo 20th Century. Below is their calendar for last Tuesday, the 10th. I would have liked a more current list of unmitigated nonsense but they knocked off early yesterday afternoon and blew off Friday entirely. Fear of Friday the 13th?

Or maybe it's their monthly bribe collection day, that much-anticipated unofficial holiday celebrating unrestrained greed when their real employers, represented by a small army of Gucci Gulch bagmen, descends on capitol hill dispensing large denomination bills with non-sequential serial numbers.

This is also called Getting Your Priorities Straight Day. It would inspire words such as graft, corruption and abuse of the public trust in any civilized country. Here, however, it's called campaign financing. And it's really no big deal because all that money's coming from idealistic donors who want nothing in return except good government.

So here's what they did in the name of good government this past Tuesday:


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour debate and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

1) H.Res. 1063 Marking the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, which ended the Revolutionary War with the Kingdom of Great Britain and recognized the independence of the United States of America, and acknowledging the shared values and close friendship between the peoples and governments of the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Rep. Wu Foreign Affairs)

2) H.Res. 1127 Condemning the endemic restrictions on freedom of the press and media and public expression in the Middle East and the concurrent and widespread presence of anti-Semitic material, Holocaust denial, and incitement to violence in the Arab media and press, as amended (Rep. Ackerman Foreign Affairs)

3) H.Con.Res. 318 Supporting the goals and ideals of the International Year of Sanitation (Rep. Payne Foreign Affairs)

4) H.Con.Res. 332 Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Rep. Fortenberry Foreign Affairs)

5) H.Con.Res. 337 Honoring the Seeds of Peace for its 15th anniversary as an organization (Rep. Allen Foreign Affairs)

6) H.Con.Res. 336 - Honoring the sacrifices and contributions made by disabled American veterans (Rep. Altmire Veterans Affairs)

7) H.Res. 1235 - Expressing support for the designation of National D-Day Remembrance Day, and recognizing the spirit, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who fought and won World War II (Rep. Scalise Veterans Affairs)

8) H.Res. 1010 - Recognizing the importance of manufactured housing in the United States (Rep. Donnelly Financial Services)

9) S. 682 - Edward William Brooke III Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sen. Kennedy Financial Services)

10) H.Res. 1145 - Recognizing the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of St. Mary's Cooperative Credit Association, the "Bank of the People", and the birth of the American credit union (Rep. SheaPorter Financial Services)

11) S. 254 - To award posthumously a Congressional gold medal to Constantino Brumidi (Sen. Enzi Financial Services)

12) H.R. 3229 - National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act (Rep. Westmoreland Financial Services)

13) H.R. 2268 - Mother's Day Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (Rep. Capito Financial Services)

14) H.R. 1553 - Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007 (Rep. Pryce - Energy and Commerce)

15) H.Res. 977 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that rebate checks would better stimulate the economy if spent on American-made products and services from American-owned companies (Rep. Braley - Energy and Commerce)

16) S. 2146 - To authorize EPA to accept, as part of a settlement, diesel emission reduction Supplemental Environmental Projects. (Sen. Carper - Energy and Commerce)

17) H.Res. 1236 - Expressing the sympathy of the House of Representatives to the citizens of Black Hawk, Buchanan, Butler, and Delaware Counties, Iowa, who were victims of the devastating tornado that struck their communities on May 25, 2008 (Rep. Braley Transportation and Infrastructure)

Personally, I've never really thought much about "recognizing the importance of manufactured housing in the United States." But then I never really think about a lot of truly important stuff. So I'm grateful that the Honorable Joe Donnelly of Indiana, a democrat's democrat, found time to sponsor H. Res. 1010. I'm sure his campaign "donors" in the double-wide biz appreciate his efforts, too.

"Isn't Bush leaving office in 7 months anyway?"

Well, he's supposed to, taking the entire nest of fascist vermin infesting official Washington for the past eight years with him. But then again, he hasn't been too concerned about obeying any other part of the Constitution, so why would the 22nd Amendment be an exception?

If they can't be sure that the fix is in securely enough to assure a McPain victory, why would they want to leave and trust that Obama and a new congress -- hopefully one in which the blue dogs and other reactionaries hiding behind the little "d" after their names are either gone, muzzled or in prison -- wouldn't just decide to have some real fun and go after them with both barrels and a hundred million dollar, multi-level investigation from which they can't even escape the consequences of an unpaid parking ticket?

Why take that chance when a dictatorship is just another false flag op away, blamed of course on Iranian "Islamofascists" assisted by some of those gosh darn domestic terra-ists.

And the results are a vision of heaven on earth for these madmen: another dose of "smart bombs" for Tehran, another million or so civilians crushed or vaporized, and imposition of martial law at home. Blackwater's ready to provide security; the entire legal and physical infrastructure's in place to shut this place down like a bank vault. All that's left is flipping the switch.

Gotta be a mighty tempting option, especially when the scaffold is a real possibility.

"Is every president going to be impeached by the opposition party now?"

I sure hope so. It's way more fun than watching a bunch of decal-coated hot rods make left turns for a couple of hours. And most would probably be acquitted by the Senate anyway. So we'd have the spectacle and the voyeuristic pleasure of watching the "most powerful man in the world" get nailed to the wall every four or eight years. But no harm, no foul for the most part.

Tell me that's not a pricey pay-per-view extravaganza just waiting to happen.

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