By DOUG THOMPSON
Consider the irony. Democrats in the House and Senate got all giddy with excitement Thursday because Congress actually did something.
In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the completion of their “100 hour agenda” in just 87 hours, give or take a few dozen hours by playing with the legislative clock. Over on the Senate site, the Dems trumpet the passage of “ethics and lobbying reform.”
Let’s see. In the first 19 days of the New Year, the House managed to pass six bills and the Senate one.
Yep. That’s hard work all right. On Monday, for exercise, they will go back to stifling yawns.
If you strip away the hoopla, and hoopla is what this fantasy of legislative action is all about, the so-called legislative successes in the House and Senate are a lot of show without any substance.
Now that the photo op is over, both the House and Senate have to get down to some real legislative business and that ain’t gonna be easy.
The so-called “ethics” bills pushed though the House and Senate with so much fanfare is just cosmetics. Both chambers still genuflect before the gods of political money, bending to the will of well-heeled lobbyists who write legislation and represent narrow-focus special interest groups.
The Senate’s reform bill also failed because of bitter partisan bickering over whether or not the spouses of Senators should be allowed to lobby the people they sleep with as well as other members. The Democrats opposed banning spouses but finally gave in when it looked like the bill would fail. Is this reform from a party that promises “the most ethical Congress in history?”
And while the Democrats party on like giddy fools, President George W. Bush is shipping more young Americans off to Iraq to die in his illegal and immoral war. And what does the party of the jackass plan to do about it? Introduce “non-binding” resolutions that mean nothing but gives them chances for more photo ops.
Democrats can hold hearings and introduce non-binding resolutions until the cows come home and it won’t save American lives or end a useless war. Young men and women will continue to die because Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the balls to take the shackles off those in who party who want to impeach Bush and drive the wannabe dictator from office.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s anatomy may include a set of cajones but he is too busy using his elected position to pad his own bank account to give a damn about what is best for America.
New bosses, same as the old bosses. All bluster and no action. Talk reform during the day and work the cocktail circuit at night, milking the special interest groups for money.
Voters sent a clear message last November that they want America out of Iraq and the soldiers brought home. But the new Democratic leadership of Congress is sitting on its collective ass and looking for a painless, politically-expedient way of solving the problem.
How many more Americans have to die while these clowns do nothing?