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A Deck Chair Would Be Lovely Over There…


When history is written about the mess that is Iraq, the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress will have to take its share of responsibility for its failures to provide adequate any meaningful oversight, or even any real, honest work at all:

A cornerstone of the Republican agenda was a pledge to control federal spending. But the party's congressional leaders have faced mounting criticism from their own rank-and-file members on this front as the federal budget deficit has grown in recent years. And in the final days of this congressional session, the GOP is making little effort to pass a series of bills to fund the federal government next year, much less implement any long-term budget restraints.

"There is a sense that the Republicans ultimately … said, 'Let the Democrats sweep up after the elephants, " said Ross K. Baker, a congressional scholar at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

As of Tuesday, Congress had cleared just two of 11 spending measures for the government — one that provides money for the Pentagon, the other for the Department of Homeland Security. Rather than grapple with tough spending decisions for the array of other agencies, the Republicans plan instead to pass a stopgap funding measure, leaving it to the Democratic-controlled Congress to adopt new funding bills early next year….

Which makes this quote from Republican Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) all the more amusing, doesn't it?

"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that's what this says."

It is wonderful to see a Republican like Jack Kingston supporting working families like this — wherein some folks have to work two and three jobs just to make ends meet. I look forward to his future legislative proposals to give every working person in America the same benefits he's been able to enjoy as a Republican Rubber Stamp the last few years: great medical benefits, working only three days a week, passing little to no legislation — other than the full-of-earmarks rampant cronyism bills for pals of the GOP, six-figure salary, free trip perks…you know, what we all get to enjoy in our everyday lives. Oh, wait…

If Republicans want to know why so many of them lost in November, I think you have your answer.  Welcome to reality, where you have to actually do your jobs.  It cannot be January soon enough.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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