Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Meet Spencer Bachus

As you may have heard, Congresscritter Spencer Bachus (R-AL), who apparently doesn't have enough to keep him gainfully occupied, has decided that because Bill Maher once again spoke the truth, he needs to be kicked off the air again. Here's what Representative Bachus does when he's not busy trying to score grandstanding points with his constituency by attacking famous Jewish New Yorkers: -- According to the Financial Times, he makes extremely bad banking legislation. (To be fair, he also has co-sponsored what looks at first glance to be an eminently fair, moral and worthy bill intended to provide debt relief to the world's poorest nations. But on the other hand, he voted for the 2005 Debt Peonage Bankruptcy Bill, which considering he's the recipient of a ton of banking-industry money, isn't surprising.) -- He's a good buddy of, erm, "embattled", fellow Congresscritter Tom DeLay (R-TX), who is in deep hot water right now over a variety of ethics issues. In fact, Bachus contributes so much money to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund that he has to use creative methods to keep from breaking the law. -- According to his voting record, he likes the unborn better than the born (especially if the folks already out of the womb are gay), invading oil-rich Muslim countries better than defending European Muslims from persecution, giving tax breaks to the rich over allowing victims of malpractice to get just compensation, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Maybe we should contact the Congressman and tell him that he wouldn't need to grandstand to get votes if he actually did the people's business once in a while.

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