Capitol Hillbillies

Throwing bad money after bad

Hot on the heels of its $307 billion farm-subsidy orgy, Congress barely caught its breath before plunging back into another multibillion-dollar spend-a-thon. The next targets of its affection are mortgage holders, soon to be seduced with other people’s money.

It’s hard to arrest a Congressman

Campaigning under the cloud of federal investigations is tough enough, but could Sen. Ted Stevens or Rep. Don Young have the added worries of an indictment before they face the voters of Alaska?

Congress bushwhacks the Prez

President Bush was undoubtedly glad to see Congress leave town for its Memorial Day recess. It was a bad week for him on Capitol Hill and likely a harbinger of more bad weeks to come.

The Congress completely deserted him, with wholesale defections by his own Republicans, on the $307 billion farm bill that enshrines and expands the worst abuses of the agribiz subsidy and support system.

Stupid is as stupid does

Everyone knows President George W. Bush is a few beers short of a six-pack when it comes to intellect but now we have inescapable proof that the Democrats who run Congress are just as dumb and stupid.

After doing something the new Congress just doesn’t do: Override a veto by the imperialistic Bush, the numnuts who run Congress may find that the whole thing is meaningless because of a stupid mistake.

And these are the folks we elected to lead our nation.

Ted Kennedy has brain cancer

A cancerous brain tumor caused the seizure Sen. Edward M. Kennedy suffered over the weekend, doctors said Tuesday in a grim diagnosis for one of American politics’ most enduring figures.

A bumper crop of subsidies

The farm bill’s failings have been well documented. It is hugely expensive; it benefits wealthy farmers and agribusinesses already profiting from record high farm prices. It extends subsidies into new areas — fruits, vegetables, racehorses, salmon; further distorts markets — by diverting heavily subsidized sugar into heavily subsidized ethanol production, for example.

Sen. Kennedy recovering after seizure

Out of immediate danger, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy remained hospitalized as doctors worked to determine what caused one of the nation’s best-known senators to suffer a seizure in his Cape Cod home.

Kennedy, 76, the lone surviving son in a famed political family, was flown Saturday morning to a Boston hospital after becoming ill and being treated at the emergency room of Cape Cod Hospital.

A new scandal brewing on Capitol Hill?

Word of what some on Capitol Hill fear may become the next major congressional scandal is beginning to leak out.

The Justice Department apparently is investigating allegations that lawmakers illegally have used their staffs for campaign purposes or to handle such personal chores as cleaning legislators’ homes and fetching their dry cleaning.

Going to war over war bill

Congressional Democrats are heading toward another confrontation with President Bush and this time they’re hoping they might finally win one. Don’t bet on it.