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Something's Still Rotten in Congress

December 3, 2004

(archived broadcast )
Click above to hear Mark Levine on “Sound off with Sasha,” a National Public Radio station in South Florida (WGCU/WMKO), discussing Congressional procedures in the recent ominbus legislation.
Do you think Members of Congress read legislation before it’s passed? Not in this Congress.
Do you think bills supported by the majority of legislators voting in the House and Senate become law? Not in this Congress.
Do you think provisions rejected by solid votes in both Houses of Congress still become law? You bet.
Do you think that massive amounts of taxpayer money goes to fund pork to special interests who turn around and use the money to finance Congressional campaigns? Yep, barely concealed bribery.
Do you think that if the Majority Leader is indicted for taking illegal corporate cash and diverting the resources Federal Homeland Security agency to monitor Democrats trying to prevent an unprecedent gerrymandering scheme that he can still lead Congress? Absolutely. The Republican Caucus would not even allow a documented vote on this.
The $388 billion omnibus legislation and its provisions includes:
– allowing Congressional aides to examine your tax returns
– ending overtime for millions of workers
– supporting job outsourcing
– overruling all state laws requiring abortions to be part of health care plans

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  • Santa Claus December 5, 2004 4:03 am

    Who said an armadillo wasn’t?

  • Pecos Phil December 4, 2004 9:29 am

    I can’t believe an armadillo wasn’t in the nativity scene, too

  • Santa Claus December 4, 2004 5:06 am

    In a small Texas town there was a “Nativity Scene” that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. But one small feature bothered me: the three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.
    At a “Quik Stop” on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, “You darn Yankees never read your Bibles!”
    I assured her that I did, but simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible.
    She took her Bible from behind the counter and riffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said, “See, it says right here, ‘The three wise men came from afar.'”