Friday, December 01, 2006

That didn't take long!

It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement all of the recommendations of the bipartisan commission that examined the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

But with control of Congress now secured, Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation's intelligence agencies. Instead, Democratic leaders may create a panel to look at the issue and produce recommendations, according to congressional aides and lawmakers.

Because plans for implementing the commission's recommendations are still fluid, Democratic officials would not speak for the record. But aides on the House and Senate appropriations, armed services and intelligence committees confirmed this week that a reorganization of Congress would not be part of the package of homeland-security changes up for passage in the "first 100 hours" of the Democratic Congress.

"I don't think that suggestion is going anywhere," said Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Appropriations defense subcommittee and a close ally of the incoming subcommittee chairman, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.). "That is not going to be their party position."


So what was the pre-election story?

Reid said if Democrats take power, they would work to redeploy troops off the battlefields. Renew efforts to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Fully implement the 9-11 Commission's recommendations. Rebuild the military, which some estimates show needs a $75 billion investment to bring it back up to pre war levels of readiness.

That was Harry Reid in an October 9. 2006 article. So wahat did his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi, say back on June 13th?

"Republicans' misplaced priorities mean America is not as safe it should be. Democrats have a new direction for the American people -- one that will fully implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and make the security of the American people a top priority."


As much as I agree with the fact that a commission's, especially one as partisan and sloppy as the 9/11 commission, recommendations can't be followed without careful consideration, the Democrats were put into power with nothing more than a promise that they would do just that. Now that they have been elected they don't want to follow through. This isn't some new recommendation that came before them, they said the whole time they were planning to do it all. The only reason they aren't doing this one is because it would take power away from the corrupt John Murtha. Oh yea, they did have one other thing. They said they were going to end corruption in the halls of Congress. Nice start!

Comments:
So their pre-election platform is beginning to crumble, with their far-left constituents in the front row. It's a "mosh pit".
 
You know what, it probably isn't such a good idea to follow through with the 9/11 commissions recommendations.

BTW, we're making it harder for Jong-Il ot get iPods.
 
Well the lefties may end up not finding their heroes in congress, but a weekly visit with Trace Gallagher at Fox will introduce them to a few they continuously neglect.

Tuning in and tuning out.
 
El Patro,

Some of us have been saying all along that taking the recommendations of an unelected and highly partisan commission was a bad idea. The Democrats and the press have vilified anyone that said that and insisted it be done. It's fun watching the Democrats try to wiggle out of it now and it will be more fun to see how the press contorts itself to line up with the Dems.
 
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Sadly the libs throw bricks at the TV whenever they see Fox OR an American soldier.
 
Ahh, the perfect Christmas gift for our liberal friends. The gift that keeps on giving. Duck!
 
Jay not jay,

What I need is a list of the people that will pay $7.99 for a foam brick. I'm sure my invisible diamonds will sell like hotcakes to that crowd.
 
@@,

You've probably hit the sack by now, but this was great -

Why are we bringing you these stories? Well, as I drove down the South Georgia countryside en route to meeting Travis Crosby, I picked up the phone and called an old buddy of mine who bounced around in pro baseball for a while, and I said, "You know what? If Crosby and these other American heroes were athletes, the sneaker companies would be lining up with endorsements. If they were actors, the critics would applaud and the paparazzi would flock."

But these men and women aren’t athletes or actors — they are warriors, military people, who clearly don't fight for the money or the fame. They fight for their country!

So we at FOX News thought it was about damn time that people met them, knew them, and cheered for them.


I caught something tonight about a guy named Truelove who had been injured 3 times. I couldn't make up a better name.

RW,

I think mothers of very young children will buy those bricks. Or pre-school teachers. I'll help you sell them.

Did you happen to catch O'Reilly? He was his usual annoying self, particularly when Newt was on and he wouldn't STFU, but there was a good story at the beginning about Dan Rather claiming that Fox News gets their marching orders (and talking points) from the White House.

I guess "gravitas" Dan would know about that sort of thing. The only problem with his theory is that, unlike the Snuffies, the right wing pundits don't have those catch phrases fed to them for Sunday breakfast. We prefer to sleep in. ;)
 
Buy Danish:

I loved that part of the article too. It's indicative of this society's misguided priorities.

Now...about you calling Semper a "sack".

I'm telllllling :-), just as soon as I go to bed.
 
@@,

Don't hit Semper!
 
RW,

I just remembered that I heard that our guys are going to try to get an offshore drilling bill through Congress before they assume minority status.

Apparently quite a few people voted against it last time, hoping that a Big Comprehensive Bill would happen instead, and those guys will now vote for the little mini bill.

I wish they'd slip in ANWR, the Fair Tax, Social Security reform and a few other lingering items before they go.

Then we could spend the next 2 years watching the Pelosi-ites break all their promises.
 
RW, the consumer comment there said it was more like a sponge so that made the 7.99 not so bad. eewww


Hi Buy Daninsh and @@!

Good link you posted @@.
 
Buy Danish,

Just slip in those itty bitty things you think?

I bet they won't even get a mini drilling bill through. Harry Reid will get it killed in the Senate if it somehow gets through the House.
 
Sorry Danish, happy fingers...
 


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