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Congressional Republicans Sink to ‘New Low’
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 December 2010 | John Semmens

Posted on 12/18/2010 10:46:39 AM PST by John Semmens

Both the White House and Congressional Democrats are upset about Republican plans to require that bills be read before being voted on.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the read-before-passing strategy “a new low in this nation’s history. What they’re doing with the START Treaty, foe example, is both unconscionable and unconstitutional. Anyone familiar with the Constitution knows that the President is granted the power to make treaties. The Senate’s role is to ‘advise and consent.’ There is no need for them to read the treaty. There is no Constitutional authorization for them to hold a treaty hostage with this kind of delaying tactic.”

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) seconded and expanded upon Gibbs’ take on the issue. “It would be bad enough if this problem were only confined to the Senate,” Kerry complained. “But the Republicans say they will be applying it to all legislation not just the Senate’s treaty consenting process. I mean, the omnibus spending bill is almost 2,000 pages long. Requiring us to read such bills before we pass them will severely hamper what we can get done in the limited time we have available.”

Kerry rejected the contention that passing laws that he hasn’t read might be irresponsible. “It’s not as if nobody has read these bills,” Kerry argued. “We have aides who do this sort of thing for us. Besides, pretty much everything we pass ends up in litigation anyway. The lawyers and the courts will parse the phraseology of the legislation and determine what it means. Why should we be required to duplicate their effort?”

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TOPICS: Government; History; Humor; Politics
KEYWORDS: constitution; democrats; kerrywasinvietnam; legislation; satire

1 posted on 12/18/2010 10:46:43 AM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Bump


2 posted on 12/18/2010 10:47:28 AM PST by Jet Jaguar (WE'RE SCREWED '08)
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3 posted on 12/18/2010 10:48:56 AM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens
Besides, pretty much everything we pass ends up in litigation anyway.

LOL! Good stuff!!! The "courts" do all the legislating these days!

4 posted on 12/18/2010 10:49:06 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

bumpity bump bump


5 posted on 12/18/2010 10:49:53 AM PST by Twinkie (Doing nothing is the most tiring job there is; you can't quit and rest . .)
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To: John Semmens

“There is no need for them to read the treaty.”

Then how are they going to “advise”?


6 posted on 12/18/2010 10:52:09 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: John Semmens
John.....This is really not satire.

If you go back into the Congressional Papers, you will find that Washington showed up at a Senate Session with his Secretary of War to complete a Treaty.

(In my own words) "Wait, said the Senator...we haven't even read it. We're not going to act on this."

Then what the hell am I doing here...and GW walked out with Knox at his side. He was flaming.

7 posted on 12/18/2010 10:52:32 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: PastorBooks

This is satire, my FRiend. Although, admittedly, I got halfway through the fourth paragraph before I even had an inkling it was satire. Such is the sad state of affairs in our nation today.


8 posted on 12/18/2010 10:56:22 AM PST by kevao
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To: John Semmens

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh !

BTTT !


9 posted on 12/18/2010 10:56:40 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: John Semmens

It is a sign and symptom of the intellectual disintegration of the libtards that it is very hard to tell the difference between satire and truth.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 11:04:04 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: John Semmens

lol

Sadly it’s not to far from the truth.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 11:04:07 AM PST by Red6
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To: PastorBooks

They have such huge brains, they’ve become clairvoyant?

Sorry, that was a rhetorical question.


12 posted on 12/18/2010 11:12:42 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: John Semmens
"Kerry rejected the contention that passing laws that he hasn’t read might be irresponsible. “It’s not as if nobody has read these bills,” Kerry argued. “We have aides who do this sort of thing for us."

The lazy SOB, I'll bet he doesn't even wipe his own ass; 'I have aides to do that sort of thing'.

BTW look for the word "hostage" being used ad nauseam by the left during the next session of Congress.

13 posted on 12/18/2010 11:12:50 AM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / I'm not anti-government, I'm anti-democrat!)
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LOL, I needed that!! Love it when you poke my ole buddy “Self Inflicted” Kerry.


14 posted on 12/18/2010 11:12:59 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: John Semmens

lol


15 posted on 12/18/2010 11:15:42 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: John Semmens

Good job, once again.

Getting a little hard to write GOOD SATIRE, since the LEFT does and says the stupidest things right on cue.


16 posted on 12/18/2010 11:15:56 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: John Semmens

You know, that’s not too far off from what Kerry actually said. Reminds me of John Conyers “read the bill” nonsense at the National Press Club.


17 posted on 12/18/2010 11:19:43 AM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: John Semmens
“Both the White House and Congressional Democrats are upset about Republican plans to require that bills be read before being voted on. “

You bet. I would hope the Republicans would treat the dim dam dems the same exact way they have treated us over the last few dozens of years.

BAD!

18 posted on 12/18/2010 11:42:12 AM PST by chooseascreennamepat
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To: FlingWingFlyer; John Semmens

Yes...the poorly written legislation and judicial interpretation is one of the biggest root problems we face.


19 posted on 12/18/2010 11:46:43 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: John Semmens
“It’s not as if nobody has read these bills,” Kerry argued. “We have aides who do this sort of thing for us. Besides, pretty much everything we pass ends up in litigation anyway. The lawyers and the courts will parse the phraseology of the legislation and determine what it means. Why should we be required to duplicate their effort?”

Here is a thought maybe if you @$$h@t$ read them first maybe not so many would end up in litigation.

20 posted on 12/18/2010 11:51:17 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: John Semmens

Blast! Got me AGAIN!!


21 posted on 12/18/2010 11:56:45 AM PST by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we finally revolt.)
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To: John Semmens

Thanks again, John.

By the way, I love the rest of the piece, including the one about the Obamas not being invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding.


22 posted on 12/18/2010 12:02:36 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: John Semmens

Is Gibbs related to Baghdad Bob or Joseph Goebbel’s? Anyone know or is he too dense to claim a relationship to either one?


23 posted on 12/18/2010 12:21:47 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Gondring

In my opinion, the biggest issue with this Congress is corruption and power-hungry, amoral liars who are human waste unworthy of being called an American.


24 posted on 12/18/2010 12:23:24 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: John Semmens

Solution is simple.

SHORT bills.


25 posted on 12/18/2010 1:07:01 PM PST by spintreebob
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To: John Semmens

“Consent” equals “allow.” To responsibly make a decision as to whether one should allow a treaty to enacted would require one to know and understand what was in the treaty.


26 posted on 12/18/2010 1:11:25 PM PST by marsh2
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To: Jet Jaguar

“The Senate’s role is to ‘advise and consent.’ There is no need for them to read the treaty. There is no Constitutional authorization for them to hold a treaty hostage with this kind of delaying tactic.” “

How can the Senate “advise or consent” if they haven’t read the treaty????? Have you no brain matter at All, or do you just want “yes men?”


27 posted on 12/18/2010 1:21:58 PM PST by yellowroses
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Well, what can I say? I swallowed it hook line and sinker!! Very good, John.


28 posted on 12/18/2010 1:25:17 PM PST by yellowroses
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To: Dick Bachert

They have such huge brains, they’ve become clairvoyant?.. I knew you’d say that.


29 posted on 12/18/2010 1:34:20 PM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: John Semmens

AMEN! Actually bills should be no more than 3 or 4 pages long instead of these HUGE Nightmares that no one knows what’s in them.


30 posted on 12/18/2010 1:39:40 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: John Semmens
"We have aides who do this sort of thing for us. Besides, pretty much everything we pass ends up in litigation anyway. The lawyers and the courts will parse the phraseology of the legislation and determine what it means. Why should we be required to duplicate their effort?”

Classic and oh so True.

31 posted on 12/18/2010 2:12:03 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: John Semmens
The lawyers and the courts will parse the phraseology of the legislation and determine what it means.

An SEC official once told me exactly the same thing about a new regulation that her department was supposed to enforce. She was not even being semi-satirical.

32 posted on 12/18/2010 3:51:49 PM PST by TChad
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To: John Semmens

Nice one, John.


33 posted on 12/18/2010 5:30:59 PM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: John Semmens

“why should we duplicate their effort” - I love it.


34 posted on 12/20/2010 9:45:10 AM PST by Chaguito
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To: John Semmens

Sorry but I’m just gonna consider this thread “read” and will see what it says later...

LOL


35 posted on 12/30/2010 5:13:15 PM PST by Zack Attack
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