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Opening Arguments


All you people who voted in a Democratic majority in Congress -- is this really what you had in mind?

In any event, it's worth putting this in perspective in terms of the accomplishments of the present Congress. If you take a look at the 110th Congress right now, which had promised to have all of its appropriations bills done this month, here's what we have seen since the beginning of the Congress: More than 300 executive branch investigations or inquiries; 400 requests for documents, interviews, or testimony; we've had more than 550 officials testify; we've had more than 600 oversight hearings; 87,000-plus hours spent responding to oversight requests; and 430,000 pages made available to Congress for oversight. That's pretty significant.

In fact, the 87,000 hours that we mentioned that have been used in document production -- that's equal to more than nine-and-a-half years -- and here's your graphic of the day, ladies and gentlemen -- if you took those 430,000 pages and stack them on top of each other, they would reach a height twice that of the executive mansion, itself.

The Republican Congress went after President Clinton with too much zeal, neglecting more important things in the process. This is payback times 100. How is the country being served?


A J Bogle
Fri, 07/27/2007 - 8:27am

Its not. That's why congress approval ratings are even lower than the presidents.

The congress has struck out and failed to deliver on the three major issues concerning voters - economy/globalization, illegal immigration, and the war in Iraq.

They are bogged down with issues most people don't care about and procedureal and nopn binding legislation, and are just wrong on immigration reform.

When are they ever going to get to the business of representing the will of the people instead of special and political interests? - in other words their job?

Fri, 07/27/2007 - 8:25pm

The White House Press Corps is absolutely amazing. Like all liberals, they suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Everything was fine when Bill & Hillary fired 93 DOJ attorneys, but Bush and Gonzales should never fire just eight.

Janet Reno sponsored actions involving injury and death at Ruby Ridge and Waco She also directed the kidnapping of Elian Gonzales by federal marshalls. Yet no congressional hearings were held to directly question her competency or veracity...nor was that kind of action promoted by the press.

A J Bogle
Fri, 07/27/2007 - 8:50pm

Reagan and Bush Sr fired a total of 128 attorneys - what's your point?

The difference of course in the Gonzales case is there were direct political reasons for the firings, and the firings occured mid term, in the case of the Clinton, Reagan and Bush Sr firings, it was the normal and expected house cleaning that goes on when administrations change.

So because reno screwed up and did some horible things, that makes it OK for Gonzales? I am not understanding your moral relativism here gadfly?

And as far as Elian Gonzales, while I don't agree with the methods employed - the boy needed to be with his natural father, as i am sue you would expect your own son (if you have one) would be reunitied with you if he had been taken away.

tim zank
Fri, 07/27/2007 - 9:26pm

What part of "at will employment" is so hard to comprehend?

Sat, 07/28/2007 - 2:41pm


Tim is correct ...DOJ attorneys can be fired at will. It is not the business of the legislative branch under the separation of powers doctrine.

The real political spin is coming from the Democrats. Chucky Shumer is way out of bounds in calling Gonzales a liar. He has no evidence to prove a lie ...he simply wants to continue the attack on Bush.

BTW, contrary to Clinton's actions, GWB continued to employ Dem appointed attorneys in the interest of "getting along". What a mistake that turned out to be.