Dems say they won???t get fooled again
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says he’s seen this movie before: The Bush administration, citing an unprecedented national threat, puts the hammer on Congress to ram through gargantuan legislation with a minimum of review — and the murkiest of repercussions.
“We will do something this week — but if we learned anything from right after 9/11, it’s that the biggest mistake is to pass anything they ask for just because it’s an emergency,” Leahy says.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman knows of what he speaks. He sponsored the original Patriot Act, only to feel betrayed later when the Bush administration used it to justify domestic wire tapping.
Historically, breathtaking national crises have spurred Congress to act swiftly, sweepingly and in bipartisan lockstep, with ornery legislators casting aside years of bickering to produce consensus at breakneck speed.
But the current generation of Democratic congressional leaders feels burned — and not a little humiliated — by the Bush administration’s use of the 2001 attacks to justify both the speedy enactment of the controversial and complex USA Patriot Act and congressional authorization of the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.
“They can’t get away with what they did in 2001,” Leahy said. “This will be ‘trust but verify.’ The biggest mistake they can make is holding a press conference while we’re negotiating to say there’s going to be a worldwide depression if Congress doesn’t do exactly what we want them to.”
I have to agree with Sen. Leahy. The bigger the scam, the easier it is to pull it off. Fear, instability,calamity, chaos. We've seen and heard it all before. Act NOW!! We can't afford to wait one minute. And for sure this is a scam more colossal than any they've ever pulled.
What do you want to bet that the Dems fold, as they always do when it comes to authorizing big money, no questions asked, and be damned quick about it. Huge amounts of money to a Democrat has a mesmerizing effect, like no any other.
I don't study the money markets, but I would be willing to bet a rib steak that this move will fuck over Americans (you know, the Middle Class) forever. It's the Golden Rule: whoever has the gold, rules. It's why going off the gold standard was the single-most devastating event in American history over the last one hundred and fifty years.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Posted by No Apology at 11:00 PM