Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Time For A Civics Lesson, Sue?

We've got a question for you, Sue.

Is this what we should be teaching our children about how the government works, or is this a bob and weave on the part of the congressional majority and the Administration?

It seems the president has signed a bill into law that wasn't passed by Congress, and you and your Bush enabling colleagues have said, "No problem. It's law as far as we're concerned."

Spending Measure Not a Law, Suit Says
Senate, House Versions Are Different

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

For anyone who took fifth-grade social studies or sang "I'm Just a Bill," how legislation turns to law always seemed pretty simple: The House passes a bill, the Senate passes the same bill, the president signs it.

"He signed ya, Bill -- now you're a law," shouts the cartoon lawmaker on "Schoolhouse Rock" as Bill acknowledges the cheers.

But last month, Washington threw all that old-fashioned civics stuff into a tizzy, when President Bush signed into law a bill that actually never passed the House. Bill -- in this case, a major budget-cutting measure that will affect millions of Americans -- became a law because it was "certified" by the leaders of the House and Senate.

We suggest everyone read the entire article and see this if you can make heads or tails of this constitutional tap dance. Maybe we can turn to our congresswoman for some clarification.

Help us out here, Sue. How can this be? Do you really believe that a $2 billion dollar mistake is nothing to get all concerned about...or is it simply that you all don't want to have to recast your votes to cut aid for students, the poor and the elderly during an election year...a vote that squeaked by last time with your proud "Yay" putting it over the top?

Read the entire article. If we follow the new Right Wing argument on this, no bill needs to have both houses pass it...just one and yer done.

How pathetic is that?
This is very 'inside the beltway'. It doesn't matter to most voters. Talk about what matters: how NY doesn't get its fair share of tax revenue back from Washington which affects the finances of every town and county in the district and drives up property taxes; about how, by not having a workable American health care system, small business is getting hammered with direct and indirect costs which will continue to escalate at double digit rates; about how every senior in the district is going to feel the pain of cuts in support programs to feed the Republican tax cut machine.
Politics is about ideas and principles, but as they affect people. Politics is local. Sue Kelly is vulnerable, even in this district, if you keep making the right case.
Does it matter to most voters that the "error" is costing $2 Billion? And that Sue doesn't want to have to vote again to cut programs that are near and dear to New Yorkers?

If this were about a non-binding acclaimation, that's one thing, but this is about the budget reconciliation bill...VERY LARGE DOLLARS that impact the taxes and services of all New Yorkers.
Saw the sockpuppet the other day. She was in Cortlandt saying nothing about Indian Point. Basically her strategy on Indian Point is basically: mention the words, talk about talking with people, take some pictures with people who know something about nuclear power, issue a press release with the words "Indian Point" somewhere in it, and say she's concered.

Sue... what do you actually propose?

Sue... what is your POSITION on the issue (don't call Texas and cheat)?

In case your not sure...
Main Entry: po·si·tion
Pronunciation: p&-'zi-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English posycion, from Middle French position, from Latin position

a point of view adopted and held to made my position on the issue clear
Hmmm...Did you guys see this??

Scroll that someone we all know.

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