Monday, December 04, 2006

 

I Really Think I'm Going To Like This Congress...

...especially if they keep coming up with neato ideas like this one:

With the news today that John "the moustache"Bolton is resigning, there also is much better news for the future. Robert"douchebag of liberty" Novak has the scoop.
Sen. Harry Reid, leading the Senate's new Democratic majority, is framing next year's schedule in a way that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for President Bush to give recess appointments to nominees blocked for confirmation.  Reid's schedule limits Senate recesses to one week. Recess appointments usually are made only when Congress has been out of session for at least 10 days. That may kill any consideration of trying to seat federal appeals court judges whose nominations had been stalled even in the Republican-controlled Senate. The downside may be a rebellion by senators if their breaks are held to one week.
First, this is a brilliant move on Reid's part. Bush will not be able to do squat with controversial poison pill appointees like Bolton, with the Senate never out of schedule for 10 days or longer. Secondly, any democratic Senator who bitches and moans about only 1 week out of the chamber needs to shut up now and not even start. Not only does this mean that Bush is thwarted, and bitch slapped, and suppressed in such a clever way, it also means more days in session, which means more investigations, more time to determine what bad deeds need to not go unpunished. The "do nothing congress" will be replaced at least by a congress that is actually there. Perhaps since they will be sitting around with nothing to do on some days, they might out of boredom decide to hold some extra hearings. Those whacked out judges Bush wants to put on the bench, during recesses, say hello to Chairman Leahy.

Harry Reid is to be so commended on this action. It really works in so many ways. There will be a group of people trying to fight this however and we should keep Reid's back on this. This group possibly includes Bayh, Clinton, Obama, Kerry, McCain. They would probably rather have the Senate out of session as much as possible because when will they have time to do fund raisers if they are actually working? Tough noogies. The American people spoke, Harry Reid is delivering on the promise to make congress work well, and well actually work for a change. Huzzah!

I also want to note that this screws up the outgoing lame-duck GOP Congress' plan to sabotage the Democrats' agenda by shoving lots of undone work at them -- such as the Fiscal Year 2007 budget bill, which should have been done months ago. Gonna make sure we have lots on our plate? Fine -- we'll just stay in session until it's all done. Too bad, so sad.


Comments:
Yeah: the best way to get rid of Republicans from the Congress is to insist that they work. I have never seen such sloth by any Congress ever, and I doubt there has ever been any Congress willing to take a 40-hour paycheck for about 16 hours of work.
 
And any crabbing by any Senator (D, R, or Independent....or Ego, as per Lieberman) about having to work and only getting a week's break is simply not going to fly out in the Real World, where 40+ workweeks are the norm. Any public bitching about having to work that much, and they've handing their next opponent a ready-made ad campaign. "Senator X thinks working more than 20 hours a week at being a senator is too hard. What do *you* think, Mr. and Mrs. Middle-Class American?"

I can hardly wait to see who the first whiner out of the box will be...
 
And any crabbing by any Senator (D, R, or Independent....or Ego, as per Lieberman) about having to work and only getting a week's break is simply not going to fly out in the Real World, where 40+ workweeks are the norm. Any public bitching about having to work that much, and they've handing their next opponent a ready-made ad campaign. "Senator X thinks working more than 20 hours a week at being a senator is too hard. What do *you* think, Mr. and Mrs. Middle-Class American?"

Exactly! It's an intelligence test.

I can't see anyone with an IQ above that of peat moss who would want to hand their opponent such a big fat club with which to hit them over the head.

I can hardly wait to see who the first whiner out of the box will be...

Whoever it is will be the first Political Darwin Award Winner of 2007, that's for sure. I'll just take a flying guess and say Don Young, just because he is that arrogant and stupid.
 
>Whoever it is will be the first Political Darwin Award Winner of 2007, that's for sure. I'll just take a flying guess and say Don Young, just because he is that arrogant and stupid.

You're probably spot-on with that one, PW. The "Congressman for All Alaska" has made a career out of whining about how congresscritters aren't paid enough for the job they do for us lowly peons and how we should be grateful that they're there "serving" us in Congress.

Don Young is almost arrogant as our former chief executive, Frank Murkowski.

Almost, but a close second.

Don Young will likely walk right into a nice little spat over this work schedule thing and when someone asks the question (as was brought up during the campaign about his atrocious attendance record, gee Don, you know you could actually show up once and a while and actually do the job we elected you to do, you know!) about his attendance, he'll just revert to Whine Mode.

That will just give his opponent in '08 a nice campaign ad to use against him.
 
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