Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Lame duck on steroids--Democrats abuse the system on their way out
Posted on 12/15/2010 4:58:42 PM PST by jazusamo
When the 20th Amendment was ratified in 1933, it was hailed as a means of doing away with the excesses of lame-duck sessions and making Congress more responsible to voters. Its authors hadn't counted on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The 2010 midterm election was a historic repudiation of the current congressional agenda, but the House and Senate leadership is intent on ramming through as much additional legislation as possible in their waning days of power. This includes: a $1.1 trillion, 1,924-page budget bill, which, in the tradition of other legislation from the current Congress, is intended to be voted on first and read later; repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law; the controversial New START nuclear weapons treaty; and the Dream Act, a backdoor amnesty bill for illegals. In many cases, Democratic leaders are taking up questions intentionally left for after the election because they were worried voters would hold them accountable. Now they have nothing to lose.
Congressional liberals appear unfazed by fresh evidence of public opposition. A new Gallup poll shows disapproval ratings of the Reid-Pelosi Congress at 83 percent, the highest on record. Even among Democrats, congressional approval ratings have sunk from 38 percent in October to the current 16 percent.
The responsible thing to do would be to place everything on hold and await the next Congress, as happened the last two times power changed hands on the Hill. Republican senators have been attempting to slow the Democratic steamroller, but Mr. Reid, emboldened by a stay of his political execution, has denounced efforts to delay key votes until the new Congress convenes...
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These lowlife, scumbag, lame duck congress critters really take the cake, don’t they? I’m just so disgusted I don’t know what to say.
More like a murder-suicide.
EMOrats keep on pushing, hoping for a violent reaction.
(when Republicans loose (2006)...they get out of town because they are tired, from the WP)
Congress will convene on Tuesday for what some fear will be the lamest of lame-duck sessions, and GOP leaders have decided to take a minimalist approach before turning over the reins of power to the Democrats. Rather than a final surge of legislative activity, Congress will probably wrap up things after a single, short week of work. They have even decided to punt decisions on annual government spending measures to the Democrats next year.
There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle, said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), usually a reliable conservative firebrand. Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. Were tired.
Anguished over the Democrats victory on Nov. 7 and the tumult that has followed, GOP lawmakers want to get out of town. One senior Senate Republican aide called hopes for substantive legislation delusional.
Much of the problem is as prosaic as office space, GOP aides said. Lawmakers were forced to vacate their offices on Friday, and few of them want to hang around Washington with no place to sit. Retiring House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) got angry during a meeting of committee chairmen, demanding to know how he was supposed to complete work on the business tax extension bill without an office, according to one GOP aide present in the meeting.
Yep, I know what you mean. They’re blatantly going against the will of the people to pass crap they know won’t pass in less than a month.
As the Russian hoards storm the city streets, the last surviving members of the Nazi hiarchy hastily creamate/bury their dear leader, and his mistress, in a shallow grave.
Seeing that the end is near, some committ suicide while others grab artwork/gold/false credentials and head into the night to find sancturary on foreign shores.
Pretty much describes the RATS circa 2010. Trouble is, there are RINOS who are helping them!!!!
Yup. We no longer have the kind of people who could stand up to King George's abuses.
Sadly, you’re right. These spineless b******* have neither principles nor integrity.
“RINOswho are helping them”
There’s the rub. They couldn’t do this without the RINOs, the same RINOs who will be there in the new Congress, along with the a more liberal ‘rat side.
“Democrats Abuse the System on Their Way Out”
One can always depend on psychotic, adolescent Democrats to be psychotic, adolescent Democrats.
Especially since El Rushbo went into detail this afternoon on how the Dems clearly prepared this thing ahead of time.
Rather than submit their porkfest to the normal budget process they try to ram it through as an emergency spending measure.