Whose Side Is The Mainstream Media On Is For The Most Part Purely A Rhetorical Question
On Monday of this week Matt Lauer of NBC is seen urging the President to push back harder against Republican attacks:
In a narrow vote Wednesday, the agreed to adjourn until after the midterm elections without voting on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.
The House voted 210-209 to end the session, with 39 joining Republicans who have demanded a vote on the tax cuts for the past few weeks. In a rare move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to cast the tie-breaking decision.
House Minority Leader John Boehner took to the House floor shortly before the vote to urge other members to demand an opportunity to vote on the tax cuts.
“Vote no on this adjournment resolution,” he said. “Give Congress the chance to vote on extending tax rates.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer vowed to address the tax cut extension before the year was over.
“There will be no votes in the House next week, as were previously scheduled,” Hoyer said in a statement. “[W]e will make sure working families do not see a tax increase next year.”
The decision to cut the session short may act as a double edged sword for Democrats in vulnerable districts. While many of them have voiced concern that their time would be better spent at home campaigning instead of in Washington, many of them wanted an opportunity to vote on the record on the tax cuts, something they could point to on the campaign trail.
According to Hoyer, the House will reconvene on November 15.
As of this writing, the Senate has not yet agreed to adjourn, although Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday afternoon he plans to send senators as soon as possible.
Hello! Anybody home?
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.
Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"
So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.
Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"
So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.
Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"
So they created two positions: a timekeeper and a payroll officer, then hired two people.
Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"
So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one Year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back."
So they laid off the night watchman.
NOW slowly, let it sink in. Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter
... Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY … during the Carter Administration?
Anybody? Anything? No? Didn't think so! Bottom line.
We've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency...the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember!
Ready?? It was very simple … and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate.
The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
Hey, pretty efficient, huh??? AND NOW IT'S 2010 … 33 YEARS LATER … AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS "NECESSARY" DEPARTMENT IS AT $24.2 BILLION A YEAR.
IT HAS 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES; AND LOOK AT THE JOB IT HAS DONE! (THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY, "WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?")
33 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.
Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy.
NOW, WE ARE HAVE TURNED OVER THE BANKING SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT?
Is anybody home?
NOVEMBER, NOVEMBER, NOVEMBER!
Don’t forget to take out the trash!