Kerry makes a funny
This is from Corrente
Kerry The Kingmaker
I’m not the biggest fan of Raw Story, but people have told me this is found elsewhere as well:
In a statement issued earlier today, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) announced not only his support of President Bush’s request for a line-item veto power, but also plans to introduce legislation giving President Bush just such power.
Kerry’s plan would have a catch, though: The President’s veto would then head to Congress for an up or down vote.
“I’m going to introduce this legislation,” Kerry said in a written statement, “Congress should immediately pass it, and I want to see President Bush use this veto pen to get tough on wasteful spending.”
Kerry points to $30 billion in spending that is never actually debated in Congress, but was attached to bills that, in their entirety, passed. “Billions of taxpayer dollars are being wasted on things like research to enhance the flavor of roasted peanuts and the infamous ‘bridge to nowhere.’ We have the largest deficit in American history, and the guys in charge are acting like teenagers with a new credit card.”
Kerry concluded his announcement with a shot at Bush: “Let’s hold the President’s feet to the fire to make sure that a White House that has never once vetoed anything starts vetoing the incomprehensible waste coming out of this Congress.”
“Let’s count all the votes!” “Let’s be reasonable and ignore the Swift Boat clowns, as their work won’t really have an impact on the campaign!” “Let’s forget about mountains of incriminating evidence generated by the congressional investigations into the BFEE that I chaired!” “Let’s listen to Shrum and the rest of the DLC about how to win a campaign!”
Somebody please just shoot me. Or, somebody explain to me why I don’t need this extra layer of foil on my head. It make NO sense to give a lame duck liar like Bush more power. None at all. “Hold his feet to the fire????” Because yeah, that’s been happening so much over the last six years, and to great effect. NOT.
Gack. I think I’m going to have to go puke now, excuse me.
Let me explain why Kerry said this:
Because of the way Congress works, Bush would have to veto thousands of projects for GOP Congressmen which now sneak under the radar, and if he didn't, they could blame him direc tly.
Analysis of Missouri pig farming: should have been vetoed by the President. Northwest Salmon fisheries, should have been vetoed.
Then for an extra funny touch, Congress would imnmediately vote down the vetos, humiliating the President, and protecting their pork.
You have to realize Bush would want no part of this. Nor would the GOP majority. Thus Kerry was not proposing a gift, but a huge dose of poison with some syrup.
See, what Kerry is saying that Bush is full of shit and wants nothing like line-item vetos to deal with, but it sounds great to the GOP masses and gives the illusion of doing something.
posted by Steve @ 10:17:00 AM