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Friday, November 03, 2006


Much has been published about the abuse, corruption, greed, stupidity, poor management, and power madness perpetrated by the current administration, but little has been published about the practises of our elected representatives in the halls of Congress.
This biting expose of the Republicans' actual behavior and methods of performing their duty towards the constituents and the nation is sickening and disgusting.

The entire article is too long for a single post for our busy readers to peruse so I have broken it up into a post for each step cited. Interested readers can return to a post at their convenience.

We absolutely must get these people out of this administration, take back our government and reclaim our country. WA_[ in spite of 3 re-postings, Blogger still managed to get the steps out of order. Oh well, what the hey! Read it an weep anyway]_____________________________________________________

The Worst Congress Ever
How our national legislature has become a stable of thieves and perverts -- in five easy steps .By Matt Taibbi
10/31/06 "Rolling Stone" -- -- There is very little that sums up the record of the U.S. Congress in the Bush years better than a half-mad boy-addict put in charge of a federal commission on child exploitation. After all, if a hairy-necked, raincoat-clad freak like Rep. Mark Foley can get himself named co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, one can only wonder: What the hell else is going on in the corridors of Capitol Hill these days?

These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the U.S. parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula -- a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.

To be sure, Congress has always been a kind of muddy ideological cemetery, a place where good ideas go to die in a maelstrom of bureaucratic hedging and rank favor-trading. Its whole history is one long love letter to sleaze, idiocy and pigheaded, glacial conservatism. That Congress exists mainly to misspend our money and snore its way through even the direst political crises is something we Americans understand instinctively. "There is no native criminal class except Congress," Mark Twain said -- a joke that still provokes a laugh of recognition a hundred years later.

But the 109th Congress is no mild departure from the norm, no slight deviation in an already-underwhelming history. No, this is nothing less than a historic shift in how our democracy is run. The Republicans who control this Congress are revolutionaries, and they have brought their revolutionary vision for the House and Senate quite unpleasantly to fruition. In the past six years they have castrated the political minority, abdicated their oversight responsibilities mandated by the Constitution, enacted a conscious policy of massive borrowing and unrestrained spending, and installed a host of semipermanent mechanisms for transferring legislative power to commercial interests.

They aimed far lower than any other Congress has ever aimed, and they nailed their target."The 109th Congress is so bad that it makes you wonder if democracy is a failed experiment," says Jonathan Turley, a noted constitutional scholar and the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington Law School. "I think that if the Framers went to Capitol Hill today, it would shake their confidence in the system they created.

Congress has become an exercise of raw power with no principles -- and in that environment corruption has flourished. The Republicans in Congress decided from the outset that their future would be inextricably tied to George Bush and his policies. It has become this sad session of members sitting down and drinking Kool-Aid delivered by Karl Rove.

Congress became a mere extension of the White House."The end result is a Congress that has hijacked the national treasury, frantically ceded power to the executive, and sold off the federal government in a private auction.It all happened before our very eyes. In case you missed it, here's how they did it -- in five easy steps:


  • At Saturday, November 04, 2006 12:31:00 AM , Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

    Having just completed reading your enire series, first, thank you for all your had work!! This should be required reading for every American.

    I'm more convinced than ever, that no improvement of note will happen until that entire city is turned upside down over the toilet, and shaken hard.

  • At Sunday, November 05, 2006 10:15:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Excellent series Worried! I should also point out that while Congress was caving in to the executive. The executive was busy emasculating the judiciary. So that now we effectively have a single-branch government.

  • At Sunday, November 05, 2006 8:47:00 PM , Blogger Daniel said...

    I watch with horror what is happening in America because, too soon, it will happen in my country (Australia) too. It is already well advanced!

    If Bush and his bastards can be voted out on Tuesday, there is a chance for a turn around although some might say that the Democrats are little better!

    The world holds its breath!


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