Beer Monday: That Old Do Something Congress

Happy Monday! The start of a new work week, time to get busy, to shift some…..oops, I guess being the day before Christmas, a day designed (unintentionally) to drive progressives crazy. Notice that they are taking the paid day off, though. How ‘bought a beer?

I know some other people who need a beer, especially now that yet another news organization (yes, cBS still does news. Can’t just go by their tabloid 630pm broadcast) has turned on them

Home for the holidays and probably needing the break, the first Democratic- controlled Congress in a dozen years can point to some legislative success but, as CBS News correspondent Joie Chen reports, not where it counts the most.

Leading the way for the new kids on the block, Democratic house speaker Nancy Pelosi opened her first term in charge with a promise to turn away from old-fashioned political bluster. “Democrats pledge civility and bipartisanship in the conduct of the work here,” she vowed in November 2006.

Democrats pledged work would be the priority, even vowing longer workdays. But on issues key to activists, the “do-something” Congress didn’t deliver.

Rather then excerpting long sections, check the story out. It is basically a recitation of the Democrat led Congresses failures, which, of course, Democrats blame on Republicans. Apparently, the only time they think they have done something wrong is when terrorists attack the United States.

cBS does try and whitewash some of what went on, such as the minimum wage increase – they do not mention that 140 Dems in the House, including Pelosi, and 10 in the Senate, voted against the bill with the increase – and that despite the so-called ethics overhaul, it is pretty much business as usual with the Congress, what Pelosi and Reid called the culture of corruption when Republicans were in charge. I suppose we are to call it being “ethically challenged” now.

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Comment by John Ryan
2007-12-24 09:28:54

Of course it is much easier to STOP legislation than to PASS legislation, and the American people know who to blame. All polls show party identiification and approval in Congress heavily favor the Democrats The Republicans will do poorly, again, in the next election. The Democrats will probably pick up at least 6 more Senate seats out of the 20+ that the Republicans will have to defend, and of course the White House will be Democratic in 2008
Crowing about how bad the opponents are as your own party tanks is no recipe for victory.

Comment by Stacy
2007-12-24 12:19:42

I cringed when she took on the SOTH position; but I can honestly say; she has shocked me with some of the stuff she’s done. She has shown some common sense, and that, this holiday season, I am thankful for.

Have a good one Teach.

Comment by William Teach
2007-12-24 21:06:29

John, did you watch what Dems did when they were in the minority? Or, have you drunk to much of the grape…. never mind, it is Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family, John.

You to, Stacy! I offer up a wish for a Merry Christmas for you and your family.


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