Monday, November 12, 2007

The Best Congress Money Can Buy

In 2006 most of us voted for a Congress that would stand up for the people and stand up to Bush. They had their chance when Bush vetoed a bill authorizing limited stem cell research. They failed. They had a chance with a bill setting a goal for troop removal. They failed. They had a chance with a bill expanding health care for children. And again they failed.

But do not despair, for Congress has found their spine. And it came, in all places, in defense of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. First the house overrode Bush's veto 361-54; then the Senate voted 79-14. And Americans across the land stood and cheered the brave men and women in Congress because . . . oh, wait. We didn't cheer them? Could it have something to do with the fact that the only bill they've found the guts to override a Bush veto on is a pork-laden bill that has little to do with water resources and everything to do with getting re-elected in 2008?

Just when I thought there was little this Congress could do to lessen my opinion of them, something like this comes along. So we may not be able to do m ore stem cell research, or help the troops, or expand health care - but take heart, Congress is doing everything they can to make sure that they'll be around after 2008 to wimp out on us again.


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