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June 6, 2006

A 'DO-NOTHING' CONGRESS -- BY DESIGN....About a month ago, the Boston Globe reported that Republican leaders in Congress were considering a legislative agenda in which they would literally give up on passing major policy initiatives and instead focus on divisive bills that they didn't expect to pass.

According to (subscription-only) Roll Call, the Senate GOP is officially on board with the plan.

With only a few months left on the legislative calendar, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has decided to abandon any efforts at bipartisanship in favor of using his chamber to hold a series of highly partisan, mostly symbolic votes on conservative causes, including amendments banning gay marriage and flag burning, and fully repealing the estate tax.

Although Frist has peppered the Senate schedule with a handful of substantive issues -- including likely votes this week on a new U.S. trade representative, a Native Hawaiian-rights bill and a new mine-safety czar -- the chamber will put off work on major legislation such as the fiscal 2007 Defense authorization bill in order for Frist to pursue items of special interest to his party's conservative base.

It's been painfully obvious for a while now, but it's almost comical how unserious congressional Republicans are about matters of state. They're not only failing to govern, they're shirking their duties intentionally as part of an electoral strategy.

House Majority Leader John Boehner recently said Republicans don't need policy achievements to keep their majority in Congress; they just need to do "the simple blocking and tackling that any team goes through if they're going to win." The reality is, however, the only thing GOP lawmakers are blocking right now is substantive legislation that might pass.

During a recent debate on a medical malpractice bill that both sides knew was going to lose anyway, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) told CQ, "We haven't done anything worth a toot in three months." Expect about four more months of the exact same thing.

For the "party of ideas," it's a sad spectacle, isn't it?

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Maybe this is for the best?

The more they focus on divisive wedge issues, the less they are stealing from the rest of us, wrecking our economy, etc. It limits the damage -- and if they lose a house of Congress, their ability to do damage afterward is severely limited.

Posted by: ArchTeryx on June 6, 2006 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, I meant to point this out in your earlier post about failure not rallying the base.

The failure of these votes let's the Republicans go back to their districts and proclaim, "LOOK! At the godless Demoncrats! They want your son to marry his friend Steve! They want to force your daughter to have an abortion! And they roll up flags and smoke them!"

The failures of these bills help to substantiate the right-wing campaign talking points. That's how the Republicans get to do the Lucy-with-the-football routine year after year after year with their right-wng base: The party doesn't have to deliver a damn thing so long as the unpopularity of the wingnut agenda keeps delivering talking points to rally the rubes.

Posted by: Derelict on June 6, 2006 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

GOP: The Party of Bad and Unpopular Ideas.

GOP: We lose vote after vote! Vote for Losers!

Posted by: cleek on June 6, 2006 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Well I, for one, would like to thank the Republicans for these efforts. Not only is it a HUGE loser politically, (remember how Democrats have been tarred as the do-nothing party of no new ideas), but it also stalls policymaking and bad legislation until we have a better partisan makeup in both Houses. The pessimist in me says that the Democrats don't take back either house, but they will certainbly have larger minority shares in each one. They will also have public momentum on their side. Postponing policy-making until a more favorable ideological make-up sounds like win-win to me. Should we be thanking the man who apparently put Karl Rove in a coma? Or has he always been this dumb?
(Please tell me its not the latter. If he really is this stupid, I'll have to come-up with a new witty response when people ask me what I want to do with my Masters degree. Saying I want to be the "Non-Evil Karl Rove" simply wouldn't work anymore.)

Posted by: Augie on June 6, 2006 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

The reality is, however, the only thing GOP lawmakers are blocking right now is substantive legislation that might pass.

Any examples? The immigration reform isn't exactly being "blocked" so much as there is a huge dispute about whether it is an improvement on the status quo. In order for it to pass, the Republicans have to be satisfied, and the administration has to demonstrate, that the border can be controlled. Waiting while successive NG units deploy to the border and improve the fences and roads is not merely a "blocking" tactic but actual test of policy.

I expect that there will be plenty of more telling votes after Labor Day.

Posted by: republicrat on June 6, 2006 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Isnt this, pandering to the minority, just the opposite of what a Democracy should be?

Only some 20% maybe at Tops 30% agree with these groups. How so is this, in any way shape or form Democratic?

Is not Democracy one man one vote? And should not the Majority Rule?

WTF?
I mean REALLY WTF?
Have we turned into that much of a Fascist Country, where laws, can be simply BOUGHT?
Does not BUYING laws in a Democracy help to destroy a Democracy?
Unitary Executive
Sigining Statements
The DECIDER?
Why does the GOP work so hard to Destroy the checks and balances?

Posted by: Flush Dimbulb on June 6, 2006 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

i can't wait for the trolls to spin this one.

Posted by: New Yorker on June 6, 2006 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Democrats want to burn the flag, take your stuff when you die, and redefine the institution of marriage. Letting the American people see exactly what they'd get if the republicans fell out of power is a hell of a wake-up call.

Posted by: American Hawk on June 6, 2006 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

i was hoping for better than THAT...

Posted by: New Yorker on June 6, 2006 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Any examples?

Well, there's this stem-cell bill with broad, bi-partisan support, in both chambers, and which the public endorses enthusiastically.

It's sitting on a shelf, despite the fact that it'd pass in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Steve Benen on June 6, 2006 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

You cannot create morals thru laws, they tried it with prohibition and you see how well that turned out.

such is why this statement is completely false;

Democrats want to burn the flag, take your stuff when you die, and redefine the institution of marriage. Letting the American people see exactly what they'd get if the republicans fell out of power is a hell of a wake-up call. -American Chicken Hawk

My Family has sent many a Democrat to war, to fight for the 'FLAG' Chicken Hawk. This is a moot point. Democrats don't burn flags anymore than a Republican does. You sound like MAnne Coulter spouting inane euphemisms.

Secondly, I am not gay, nor do I want to destroy the institute of marriage. This is another Mcarthyistic dodge. Gay people have, and will continue to live together, adopt and raise children.
Many Roman warriors were gay as well. Marriage is but a word for a Union.

Third, the falling out of power is due solely to the incompetence of Bush and Cheney. I suppose you also approve of rampant corruption and war profiteering chicken hawk? Yeh GOP is doing a great Job, at engorging themselves on the taxpayer trough.

American Chicken Hawk I want you to keep posting your third grade diatribes, you only help your miserable lying ass GOP out of office. Thanks =)

Posted by: Flush Dimbulb on June 6, 2006 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

It's sitting on a shelf, despite the fact that it'd pass in a heartbeat.

Moat people don't know about 'secret holds'
Another political backwash practice that needs to stop.

Posted by: Filth O'Lielly on June 6, 2006 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Why New Yorker? It IS American Chickenhawk we're talking about. We can't get substance out of him on actual points, why should we expect substance on talking points?

Posted by: Everett on June 6, 2006 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Trent Lott's given up the nose candy?

Posted by: Roger Ailes on June 6, 2006 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

i wasn't hoping for even that, just for a good lie... now he can't even do that anymore...

Posted by: New Yorker on June 6, 2006 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

You're right.

Posted by: Wang on June 6, 2006 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

This is all they have left - look at today's Pew poll - the ONLY non-party group where bush polls above 50% is with white evangelicals.

They've got to keep these fringe-types all frothy until November - they are their only hope in holding onto both houses of Congress.

Posted by: GMF on June 6, 2006 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Last time I checked, I was paying taxes to support a government. Since there's not going to be a government, I should get 'me back, right?

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on June 6, 2006 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

I couldn't agree more with American Hawk.

Except he forgot to add this:

I WANT TO TAX THE RICH UNTIL THEY THREATEN TO LEAVE.
I WANT TO TAX THEM UNTIL THEY DO LEAVE.

I also want to burn bibles... but that's a side issue.

Posted by: koreyel on June 6, 2006 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

LOL @ Robert Ailes

That one busted a seam...

Posted by: koreyel on June 6, 2006 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

the party of bad ideas...

Posted by: christAlmighty on June 6, 2006 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

A link to the Pew report is here.

What I find fascinating is that 45% of Americans STRONGLY disapprove of Bush's performance whereas only 19% strongly approve. But Bush, in some ways, is irrelevant. He is the lamest of the lame ducks ever. He can continue to do damage only if the Republicans in Congress continue to be his enablers.

And, unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what they plan to do.

Posted by: PTate in MN on June 6, 2006 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Yup, and they will continue to be his enablers until politically punished for doing so. What will be interesting is seeing what they will do if the Democratic Party successfully swings several Congressional seats but does not quite manage to take back either house (this fall's most likely scenario). Will they punish Bush and/or Congressional leaders or will they figure that keeping both Houses was a "victory" and therefore, Bush and the Congressional leaders should be rewarded?

If they lose one of the Houses, then all bets are off and it's likely to be every man for himself.

Posted by: PaulB on June 6, 2006 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK


"America is a free society which limits the role of government in the lives of our citizens," Bush told an audience of opponents of same-sex marriage at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. "In this country, people are free to choose how they live their lives.

If that is not irrefutable logic on why we need a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage I don't know what is.

BTW AH: What do you want to keep your stuff for after you are dead. Isn't that a bit dog in the mangerish?

Posted by: bushburner on June 6, 2006 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

It's true that, as many people have noted, it has taken the Democrats a long time to realize that they're not running Congress any more and that they have to start acting like an opposition party. The Republicans seem to have the same steep learning curve -- twelve years later they're still acting like they're in opposition. As though stifling the other side and making symbolic gestures was all that they needed to do.

Posted by: Brian Zimmerman on June 6, 2006 at 5:58 PM | PERMALINK

BTW AH: What do you want to keep your stuff for after you are dead. Isn't that a bit dog in the mangerish?

I already pay more than my fair share, because American tax policy punishes the rich (flat rate is the way to go). Once I've paid taxes all my life, the government shouldn't have a death tax. It should go where I say it goes, not to support welfare queens.

Posted by: American Hawk on June 6, 2006 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

And by welfare queens, I mean "Faggots". We shouldn't have faggots in my United States.

Posted by: American Hawk on June 6, 2006 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

I already pay more than my fair share, because American tax policy punishes the rich (flat rate is the way to go). Once I've paid taxes all my life, the government shouldn't have a death tax. It should go where I say it goes, not to support welfare queens.

Ya gotta love AH. At least he doesn't try to give us all that "the death tax saves family farms" BS that Bush does. He may be a loathsome individual, but he's honest about it.

Posted by: mmy on June 6, 2006 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

Mmy-- Most family farms are exempted from the death tax, of course. I don't buy into the notion that the American government should be in the business of graverobbing just because family farms aren't impacted.

Posted by: American Hawk on June 6, 2006 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

Faggots, isn't that what you call a frothing at the mouth repigican AKA(American Cawk)

Posted by: Now on June 6, 2006 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

I can not find a tax anywhere that is called the Death Tax.American Cawk must be lying again.

Posted by: Now on June 6, 2006 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

It should go without saying that the moron at 6:08 stole my sign in name AND my email. I have nothing against faggots.

Posted by: American Hawk on June 6, 2006 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Well What is your fair share,Care to give us a number so we can feel sorry for you.I gotta believe you are one of those lucky duckies.

Posted by: Now on June 6, 2006 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

wow, stevie, so politicians will use whatever means they can to retain powewr? now that's some mighty trenchant insight there. i suppose that next you'll tell us that there's gambling going on at rick's.

Posted by: Brian on June 6, 2006 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Jeez, American (Chicken)Hawk, easy. You're letting them get to you.

Oh, and lighten up on the 'Faggot' language. Your white hood is peeking through.

Posted by: Snoopy on June 6, 2006 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

What's wrong with you people? Why do you even engage in this kind of shit? Do you think you can win trolls over? Kevin's site is too smart for these dumb exchanges in the comment section.

Posted by: Augie on June 6, 2006 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK


Could we stop paying them if they're not doing their jobs?

Seems only fair.

Posted by: dejah on June 6, 2006 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

"It should go without saying that the moron at 6:08 stole my sign in name AND my email. I have nothing against faggots."

A put-on of a parody of a farce.
Brilliant.

ROFLMAO... reminds me of:

What the cock is that shit?

Posted by: koreyel on June 6, 2006 at 6:48 PM | PERMALINK

Note that American Chickenhawk has nothing against "faggots", but still has a lot of unresolved issues with the mythical "welfare queen" of yore. My question is, are these queens the ones with the giant wigs, super-high heels, fake boobs, and deep voices I still see over in Dupont occasionally? If so, are they using their welfare checks (comprised primarily of AC's hard-earned sheckels, of course) to buy those wigs and high-heels?

Scandalous, I say, scandalous!

The other interesting point, methinks, is that American Chickenhawk firmly believes he's going to make (and save!) enough dough over his lifetime of sitting in Mom's basement, eating cheetos to actually qualify his estate for taxation upon his timely demise.

Posted by: Everett on June 6, 2006 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

Augie, we're not trying to convince American Chickenhawk of anything. We're toying with him for our amusement and, of course, eventual consumption. He'll squeak about welfare queens, fags, taxes, etc. and then we move in for the kill. Kind of like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CL2hetqpfg

Posted by: Everett on June 6, 2006 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

Here's an idea. Impeach Bush, and hand his entire cabinet over to The Hague.

I reckon even the Dems don't have the stomach for that. Not even Feingold.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on June 6, 2006 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

Once I've paid taxes all my life, the government shouldn't have a death tax. It should go where I say it goes, not to support welfare queens.
Posted by: American Hawk on June 6, 2006 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

I agree.

The Estate Tax should be totally and completely repealled, banned, and prevented from ever coming back again by an Amendment.

Inherited wealth should be taxed to the recipient as normal income. 28% baby. Just like the rest of us.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on June 6, 2006 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

Osama_Been_Forgotten: I reckon even the Dems don't have the stomach for that. Not even Feingold.

Why don't you and I run for the Senate? Us two, plus Bernie Sanders (a shoo-in for Senator from Vermont) makes three. A few late night meetings and I think we can convince Russ. Ok, that's four. Only 63 more needed for conviction (oh, and a whole bunch needed in the House to impeach him).

Posted by: alex on June 6, 2006 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Why don't you and I run for the Senate?

I'd be up against Barbara Boxer. She scares me. You don't fuck with Barbara Boxer. Unless, of course, you're a Republican, or have a metric buttload of cash.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on June 6, 2006 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

Well, Osama, would that be 28% on the first dollar, just add it to wages?

If so, that would be a gigantic increase in the rate of Estate tax. You've got to have almost $10 million as a couple before you hit an overall 28% tax rate on an estate.

Posted by: hank on June 6, 2006 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

Many Roman warriors were gay as well.
Posted by: Flush Dimbulb on June 6, 2006 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Not only that, but the greatest warriors of all time, the Spartans (Greek) were pretty much exclusively gay, or bisexual. Doesn't that turn "don't ask don't tell" on it's head?

And it was the Spartans that pretty much saved all of Europe from being overrun by the Persians (ie. Iranians) in the 6th-5th Century BC. So, we have a bunch of fags to thank for the fact that we aren't all Iranians right now.

Makes sense when you consider that the Theofascist Iranian government hangs gays, and the right wing in America would if they could get away with it.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on June 6, 2006 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK

Inherited wealth should be taxed to the recipient as normal income. 28% baby. Just like the rest of us.

I'd rather allow inherited wealth -- and capital gains, whose current special status needs to end -- to be taxed as normal income, with the exception that they can be recognized over time. Now, for capital gains, I'd like to do that by allowing them to be anticipated, but that seems like it might be less than ideal with inheritances.

Posted by: cmdicely on June 6, 2006 at 7:50 PM | PERMALINK
Here's an idea. Impeach Bush, and hand his entire cabinet over to The Hague.

I reckon even the Dems don't have the stomach for that. Not even Feingold.

I'd have to strenuously oppose any such effort, as the US has adequate criminal laws which should be applied, to deal with the grave violations of international law that have occurred under Bush's rule, and should not abdicate its responsibility to police its own.

But I'm with you as far as impeachment and removal.

Posted by: cmdicely on June 6, 2006 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

Define flag desecration.

Are only US flags of a certain dimension "official?"

What if someone had a flag colored handkerchief and used it to catch nose deposits?

Will the flag police be watching for ANY flag violations, regardless of size/shape or legitimacy?

Folks, it's our democracy that we need to cherish.

It's our Constitution that we need to protect.

It's our freedom of speech that we should be REALLY scared of losing outright.

Marriage isn't all that it's cracked out to be anyway so why so much fuss over private partnering?

The repugnacans believe in one thing: A government for the rich and nothing but the rich so help us god.

Flag burning, gay marriage, abortion, school prayer...... are these really such pentultimate issues?

Only if you're desperate and trying to scare the public into a family/religious value oriented election.

Yawn.

The real issues are about democracy and why we are losing the very thing we "think" the rest of the world needs.

Our democracy died in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

Prove me wrong.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on June 6, 2006 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

Osama_Been_Forgotten: Not only that, but the greatest warriors of all time, the Spartans ... pretty much saved all of Europe from being overrun by the Persians (ie. Iranians) in the 6th-5th Century BC.

I don't know. They sure took their sweet ass time getting to the Battle of Marathon (ok, they didn't make it).

the Spartans (Greek) were pretty much exclusively gay, or bisexual. Doesn't that turn "don't ask don't tell" on it's head?

Nah, it's a distinction without a difference.

Officer: it's said that you don't have sex with men.

Soldier: No sir, I was on Christopher Street just last night.

Posted by: alex on June 6, 2006 at 8:28 PM | PERMALINK

GOP Chasing Hot Button Issues

Doing nothing may what this Congress is best at. Another recent revelation, in the rush to chase the latest focus group hot button issue with quick simplistic and political answers to complex questions the GOP with White House blessing slashed the funding for the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan to fund the latest immigration militirization initiative flash in the pan.

When the Senate took $1.9 billion out of the war supplemental to fund border security last month, $1.6 billion came out of funds to replace equipment destroyed or worn out from four years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money was diverted at the behest of the White House in a last-minute bid to address growing political unrest about illegal immigration. The Office of Management and Budget championed the change without input from the Army or the Marine Corps whose budgets were sliced, a Pentagon budget official told United Press International last week.... 'The current two-term Republican president may have as his legacy a return to that hollow force.'

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/northamerica/article_1170516.php/Border_mission_drains_war_%60reset%60_fund

Posted by: Catch22 on June 6, 2006 at 9:19 PM | PERMALINK

I find that people who have a bad attitude about "government" gravitate toward the republican party. Simple as that. They don't appreciate the necessity of it, and, most of all, they have a hugh fear that certain types of people that they don't like are benefiting from government spending. Very ethonocentric folks, republicans.

It amazes me how, when a Carter or Clinton is elected, what a huge flurry of activity ensues to "fix" all the damage done by the Nixons, Reagans and Bushes. It's like "hostile dunces" versus "professionals".

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on June 6, 2006 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

It amazes me how, when a Carter or Clinton is elected, what a huge flurry of activity ensues to "fix" all the damage done by the Nixons, Reagans and Bushes. It's like "hostile dunces" versus "professionals".
Posted by: little ole jim from red country on June 6, 2006 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe that's a good thing. Once Clinton got done fixing Bush's mess, and didn't have anything else to keep busy, he got into trouble. We need to keep these guys busy so they stay out of trouble. I think I'll send George W Bush a bottle of shampoo. (the instructions say; lather, rinse, repeat - he'll be washing his hair for months!)

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on June 6, 2006 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

Add to all that the new social security privatisation push. Dropped in '05 but re-heated now that the Repubs are in trouble with their base.

Posted by: Renwick on June 6, 2006 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

Off topic, but Steve Benen I must say you are doing a great job running the show here in Kev's absence

Posted by: Not so Little John on June 6, 2006 at 9:50 PM | PERMALINK

To TN @ 8:22,

Or how about when a Rethuglican presidential candidate autographs flags for people. If it had been Kerry, instead of Bush I can just imagine the uproar from the Diddo Heads and Factor followers.

Posted by: bushburner on June 6, 2006 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK
What's wrong with you people? Why do you even engage in this kind of shit? Do you think you can win trolls over? Kevin's site is too smart for these dumb exchanges in the comment section.

Oh my. A liberal schoolmarm issues a scold: "We be too smart here muthafuckas."

Son listen up: you WAS too smart. Those days are gone. The comment section has been ripped to threads (so to speak) by troller, trollee, psuedo troller, and faux trollee.

Did I mention "Red Spot Mike?"

It's over. The good old days are gone.
If you don't police and prune the threads you get shit.

Kevin don't police.
The swiftboat fuckers run wild.
Some of us enjoy shooting them in the face.
Call it a hobby.



Posted by: Cruel troll killer on June 6, 2006 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

They need to pass only one bill, a bill designating the elephant as a nice symbol, then go home, for good.

Posted by: Matt on June 6, 2006 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

Oh my. A liberal schoolmarm issues a scold: "We be too smart here muthafuckas."

Yup, that would be my point. Have fun shooting down trolls from your keyboard. Real impressive.

Posted by: Augie on June 6, 2006 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

Troll-baiting's fun when I'm in the mood. Mostly, though, they bore me and I just wish they'd crawl back under the rocks they came from.

Tell you this much: Americans should never, ever, ever again wonder how totalitarian nutcases can take over allegedly educated, modern, democratic countries. If the last 10 years have proved anything, it's that there are enough ignorant, fearful, bigoted, fascist-wannabe numbnuts to let the same thing happen here. All it takes is the majority to not pay enough attention to notice, and not do anything even when they finally do notice.

Posted by: CaseyL on June 6, 2006 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK

What a worthless bunch of slugs and what a worthless political party the GOP is! Anyone who votes for these vermin doesn't deserve to live in the United States....

Posted by: Fred Flintrock on June 6, 2006 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

Normally, I think a persons sex life is their own business. However, with Bushs latest shameless attempt to deny basic equal treatment under the law to homosexuals, it is time for the world to know about George W. Bushs bisexual shenanigans. Please tell everyone you know that George W. Bush is bisexual.

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on June 6, 2006 at 11:04 PM | PERMALINK

Yup, that would be my point. Have fun shooting down trolls from your keyboard. Real impressive.

Have fun solving the World's problems thread after thread after thread after thread after thread...

Posted by: Cruel troll killer on June 6, 2006 at 11:21 PM | PERMALINK

Bilbray is winning with 54% of the vote in early returns.

Posted by: Frequency Kenneth on June 6, 2006 at 11:41 PM | PERMALINK

Well, there's this stem-cell bill with broad, bi-partisan support, in both chambers, and which the public endorses enthusiastically.

that's a start.

Meanwhile, "... the US House of Representatives met the president's request to boost funding next year for the Office of Science at the Department of Energy by 14%, to $4.1 billion." Science, vol 312, p. 1291. Lots more is happening in the House than obstruction.

I expect the new stem cell bill will pass once they agree on the language to ban "embryo farming". Only federally funded embryonic stem cell research was prohibited by Bush; other stem cell research proceeds, and state-funded and privately funded embryonic stem cell research also proceeds.

You picked a good example, but it isn't especially "substantive" (in my opinion), for the two reasons I wrote.

Posted by: republicrat on June 6, 2006 at 11:54 PM | PERMALINK

Our dear little friend, Chuckles, wrote: "I have caught Steve in only ONE out-right lie so far"

Wow...only 999 to go to catch up to you! Better get cracking, Steve.

By the way, Chuckles, have you spoken to the Secret Service recently? I'm still worried that they haven't contacted me about my "threat" to President Bush. Are you sure you passed that "threat" along to them properly?

Posted by: PaulB on June 7, 2006 at 12:09 AM | PERMALINK

And actually, Chuckles, you didn't catch Steve in a lie because he did not, in fact, lie. Had you actually bothered to read what he wrote, you might have understood that, but then reading comprehension has always been a bit of a problem for you. Oh well...maybe some day you'll grow up.

Posted by: PaulB on June 7, 2006 at 12:10 AM | PERMALINK
Define flag desecrationTom Nicholson
Like pornography, it can't be defined, but when you see it, you know it. [Bushburner 9:54]
ONE out-right lie so far ; ) Cheney10:30 PM
Since you are the Prince of Lies, you must be laggin' Posted by: Mike on June 7, 2006 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

House Majority Leader John Boehner recently said Republicans don't need policy achievements to keep their majority in Congress; they just need to do "the simple blocking and tackling that any team goes through if they're going to win."

And that would what? Fiscal discipline? Oversight? Ensuring government is doing its job? If that's Boehner's metric, they're losing on all counts.

...Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) told CQ, "We haven't done anything worth a toot in three months."

All I can think of is, be thankful for small favors; if the current GOP majority can do no more damage until they are replaced with adults, I'll be happy.

Posted by: has407 on June 7, 2006 at 1:33 AM | PERMALINK

If these clowns don't want to govern, step aside and let someone else do it.

Posted by: DK2 on June 7, 2006 at 2:02 AM | PERMALINK

What I want to know is, why do these darned gays always have to threaten my marriage right before a national election???

Funny thing about all these conservatives who are so hot to defend marriages between men and women, though...I mean, you'd think they would want to make criminalizing divorce and adultery their top priority, instead of willfully excluding sincere folks who want to take the vow and commit.

But I guess it's the same logical strategery that prompted them to invade secular Iraq to avenge and protect us against Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

And we can all see how well that's worked out.

Posted by: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law on June 7, 2006 at 2:14 AM | PERMALINK

You never did respond to my challenge to a shotgun dual... Cheney

Watch out everyone - Cheney's got a double barrelled one.

Posted by: floopmeister on June 7, 2006 at 2:48 AM | PERMALINK

And it was the Spartans that pretty much saved all of Europe from being overrun by the Persians (ie. Iranians) in the 6th-5th Century BC. So, we have a bunch of fags to thank for the fact that we aren't all Iranians right now.

So the fags saved Europe from being overrun by Aryans?

Sounds like a wingnut brain teaser to me...

Posted by: floopmeister on June 7, 2006 at 2:51 AM | PERMALINK

By simple "blocking and tackling" he means preventing Democrats from reforming things that are wrong and making government more useful. And giving cover to Republican looters, high- and low-end.

Posted by: bob h on June 7, 2006 at 6:18 AM | PERMALINK

Pushing the base's hot buttons is always an option in an election year, but it might be more apropos for the Singing Senators to get together and harmonize the famously black parachutist tune "Beautiful Streamer." The treasury's already been gutted and we've got enough wars on our dance card to keep even the hungriest defense contractor happy. So what do super-enriched elected officials expect to be doing ten years from now? Golfing all day in a gated community? Living in Switzerland? Or just getting their tatoo on in Scotland? Pass the Cohibas!

Posted by: kostya on June 7, 2006 at 7:24 AM | PERMALINK

Now, for capital gains, I'd like to do that by allowing them to be anticipated, but that seems like it might be less than ideal with inheritances.
Posted by: cmdicely

LOL

But how can the kids keep Ernest and Julio on life support until 2011? Tax law really hasn't kept up with death as an event which can be timed for tax advantage.

Posted by: CFShep on June 7, 2006 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

Toles nails it:

http://postcards.ucomics.com/send/?uc_full_date=20060607&uc_comic=tt&site_ref=ucomics

Posted by: ML Smith on June 7, 2006 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

Re Toles today. You're absolutely right ML Smith. Toles nails it. It's a keeper.

Posted by: CFShep on June 7, 2006 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK
Please tell everyone you know that George W. Bush is bisexual.

I'd really rather not contribute to the further social stigmatization of bisexuality.

Posted by: cmdicely on June 7, 2006 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

"Please tell everyone you know that George W. Bush is bisexual."

This is supposed to be news? He's been fucking most men and women for about six year now.

Posted by: Pat on June 7, 2006 at 10:24 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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