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12/27/2005 Entry: "EJ Dionne Jr. on the mess of the Republican Congress"

"Lord knows, a housecleaning in the Capitol is definitely in order. But the Abramoff scandal is just part of the corruption of our political system. There is another level of special-interest influence that cannot be handled by prosecutors: Only the voters can render a judgment on a politics of favoritism that has created a new Gilded Age. It's clear that the national government has placed itself squarely on the side of the wealthy, the privileged and the connected.

"Rarely does a single action by Congress serve as so powerful an example of how the system is working. The recent budget bill, which squeaked through the House and Senate just before Christmas, is a road map of insider dealing. It shows that when choices have to be made, the interests of the poor and the middle class fall before the wishes of interest groups with powerful lobbies and awesome piles of campaign money to distribute.

"Republican majorities in the Senate and House insisted that they wanted to cut the federal budget. But the Senate and House offered competing plans for achieving savings. When it came time to meld the two proposals, almost every choice congressional leaders made favored the interest groups."
When the Cutting Is Corrupted, By E. J. Dionne Jr., Tuesday, December 27, 2005; A25, Washington Post (via Sisyphus Shrugged)

Read the rest. There's a chance when the House reconvenes on 1/19/6 to save the country from this very fucked up budget. Call your congress people, shake their trees, please. If you don't have them on speed dial, here's where you find them.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson

 

 

 

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