Saturday, October 14, 2006


Republicans: As Good As Their Word

The Center for Media and Democracy reminds us that a key proposal of the Republicans' Contract With America was a Constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congress.

In a show of support for the proposed amendment ... seven members of the '94 class had pledged to limit themselves to twelve years in Congress. In addition, three members elected in 2000 had promised to leave after six years. Of the ten members due to retire, however, not one is actually doing so! Each is reneging on their campaign pledge and running again in 2006. The pledge-breakers are:
  • Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.)
  • Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.)
  • Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
  • Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.)
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.)
  • Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-Ill.)
  • Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
  • Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.)
  • Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.)
Breaking a campaign promise isn't as egregious as accepting bribes or preying on teenagers, but it shows that we shouldn't believe what Republicans say. It alos shows that the only "Republican value" is doing whatever it takes to keep their power. [Update] MyDD has a list of 30 Republicans who have broken their promise to observe term limits.
Every one who was in Congress in 1994 endorsed the Contract On America, explicitly or implicitly.

They are all oathbreakers.
Republicans are about as trustworthy and reliable as those emails I still get from time to time which are written by Engr. Michael Obuko, son of the late Nigerian dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, informing me that he has the some of $21,000,000 (Twenty-One Million Dollars) in overbid oilfield service contracts which he's willing to part with for a small "transaction fee" on my part, if I am so inclined.

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was around eight years old. Evidently, the Republicans think we're a bunch of idiotic fools if they want us to believe in their idiocy.

(by the way, there's a typo in your post header)
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