Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Obstruction has consequences

While it surely would have been more useful if he had taken this tack from the start, it's good to see Harry Reid cracking the whip with an announcement that the Senate will have to work right up to January 4, 2011. Predictably the Republicans are whining about how mean he's being to make them, you know, do their job and work on legislation. But this complaint is priceless:
Mr. Kyl said that Mr. Reid’s effort to do too much was inconsiderate of the Senate as an institution and also of senators, staff and their families hoping to celebrate Christmas.

Mr. Kyl added, “ It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing — frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff.”
So after slowing the Senate to a crawl with endless procedural roadblocks for the last two years, now the workload is too ambitious and mean old Harry is disrespecting the sanctimony of Christmas? Didn't notice him complaining that the Jewish members had to work through their high holy days. Not to mention the majority of Americans only get the one day off themselves. And gee whiz, our Congresscreatures are so overworked. I mean they only get a week or so at every federal holiday, the Easter break, the spring break, the summer break and the fall campaign break.

I wonder if anybody has a running count of how many days these folks are actually on the Hill in the course of a year? Taxpayers would likely get a better deal if we only paid them per diem for the days they're actually in session.

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Anonymous Ruth said...

Previous to Dem control of congress, the institution met for fewer days a week and fewer hours. During the previous, right wing controlled, 109th congress, in 2006 on fewer than 100 days were sessions actually scheduled, and as the LATimes reported; 'The typical workweek in Congress (when there is a week spent in Washington) starts late Tuesday evening and finishes by noon Thursday.'

4:38:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks Ruth. I remembered reading they only meet during mid-week but I wondered if there was a total count. Doubt that the last Congress was all that much better. And for this we pay them six figures a year?

11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Majorities in both the House and the Senate and it's obstructionism? Just like you being an uneducated idiot was your own conscientious decision. I got a hoot out of your explanation. What a loser!!! Now get back to clean-up on aisle 3.

8:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Ruth said...

Using Senate rules to obstruct has been less than a secret tactic by the wingers, but of course the An. comment is obviously made by some one not familiar with facts, such as that Libby is well educated...and posts about matters of record. Sad how destructive right wing sources are of common sense.

6:29:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Remember the 1960's ads: "You meet the nicest people on a Honda?" Well, kids, this guy sure don't ride no Honda, do he? My guess is a jacked up Hummer, but it's only a guess.

"some one not familiar with facts"

I do so love humorous understatement. Our malicious mascot here makes up his own facts, which isn't all that unusual for someone with more holes in his brain than an Emmenthaler cheese, but what makes him special is that he creates fantasy versions of us and then tries to sell them to us as facts. Cheesus Crust and he delivers too.

I can understand misrepresenting things to an audience of his pathetic peers, but this humorous hamster of Hamtramk has none here and I can't understand why he's trying to convince me and people who know me that I'm this weird, homicidal, gun toting, redneck school janitor with a leaky rowboat and that Libby can't read. If he's not careful, he's going to lose his tenure at Harvard.

And then there's his penis obsession. That one actually worries me.

10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks for the defense Ruth and Fogg. Not to worry though, I think he only tries to insult me to get my attention since I won't engage with him. Gave up trying to crack the cognitive dissonance of these sorts a very long time ago.

2:16:00 PM  

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