Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lame Duck Session


Welcome to the "Lame Duck" session of congress ... Version 111.0.
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Every couple of years we have one of these lame duck sessions. This is where those members of Congress can get back at Americans for kicking them out of office. This year is even more special. Since the Democrats will be losing control of the House of Representatives, this may be their last chance to advance their liberal agenda (hopefully for a long, long time).
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So ... let's see what they have been up to this week:
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First, huge kudos for Congress for passing the CALM act that regulates TV commercials. If you are constantly grabbing for the remote every time a commercial comes on that is soooo much LOUDER than the show you were watching ... this act is for you. Commercials can no longer be any louder than the show you were watching.
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Congress also approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. We all want healthy hunger-free kids don't we? But, isn't 4.5 billion dollars a little steep? And don't these kids already get food stamps? I don't know about you, but I get kind of pissed when I'm doing my grocery shopping. I go every 2 weeks and for example, at the meat aisle ... I'll get a roast, a couple of t-bones, a couple of sirloins, a package of franks ... and the rest ... hamburger meat. I then go to the check-out counter and the person in front of me is unloading mega-steaks, lobster, shrimp, crab legs ... and paying with ... you guessed it ... food stamps. I scrimp on my shopping ... buying store brands, clipping coupons and shopping sales ... just so that I can subsidize the "poor people" so that they can eat better than me. Now, I'm not saying all people on food stamps take advantage of it ... but a significant number do. Congress should be cutting these food programs ... not pouring billions of more dollars into them.
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Congress has voted to censure Charlie Rangel D-NY. Poor Charlie ... an 80 year old man how has to stand in front of his peers and be told by them that what he did was wrong. Of course the fact is that if any of us "average folks" had done what he did ... we would be going to jail.
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The House has voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class and the Senate has called a special Saturday session to vote on them. The bill will not pass the Senate. I wonder how much money is wasted by opening up the Senate on a Saturday ... overtime for the employees, electricity ... etc. At least I don't think they have to pay anything for heating ... not with all the hot-air being emitted by our Senators. The bill will not pass because it increases taxes on the "rich". I don't know about you, but I work for a rich guy. I don't want his taxes raised ... or anything else that might hurt his bottom line. His good fortunes allow me to raise my family ... I don't begrudge his wealth. I think that might be one of the main failings of the left.
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I noticed one thing about this week ... Nothing was done that will help the country as far as our problems with unemployment, the national debt, our security ... or anything. I guess that is what is meant by a "lame-duck session".
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By the way, doesn't it seem curious that after having rejected a trade-pact with us, South Korea is now willing to sign one? All it took was a couple of hundred shells from the North. Bravo Mr President, I believe you used your Chicago politics to strong-arm South Korea. You see, if you use them in diplomacy ... you help the country. Just stop using them on US industries.

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5 comments:

Debbie said...

You and I pretty much agree on everything. Those loud commercials have been a pain for me for a long time. But is it really the job of congress to decide the volume on our TV's? I think Congress has taken way too many things under their wing and the founding fathers would probably be going nuts were they still alive. It's not the job of Congress to tell us what kind of light bulbs to use, or how high our thermostats can be set, or what kind of cars we need to drive. But I suppose in the case of the commercials, who else would get that volume turned down???

Drives me nuts too at the grocery. I'm a wise shopper, have to be because everything is so expensive and everyone like us is on a budget. I thought about going to SAMS and getting some lobster tail for a change, but thought ..."nope, too expensive".

Debbie
Right Truth
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WomanHonorThyself said...

First, huge kudos for Congress for passing the CALM act that regulates TV commercials. If you are constantly grabbing for the remote every time a commercial comes on that is soooo much LOUDER than the show you were watching ... this act is for you. ..yup..all for that one too !!!!

Always On Watch said...

I have to admit that the blaring of our television's volume during commercials has been driving me up the wall.

Some years ago, televisions has some kind of "smart strategy" that prevented that sudden increase of volume during commercials. I guess that Madison Avenue found a work-around.

Nothing was done that will help the country as far as our problems with unemployment, the national debt, our security ... or anything.

Expect nothing good to come out of a Lame Duck session, I guess.

cube said...

I don't like the blaring commercials either, but I question whether it's the job of Congress to correct it when he have so many pressing problems.

At this point, I'd rather see the lame duck session turned into a paid vacation. Just go away and do no more harm. That includes you to, BHO.

highboy said...

Why Congress has time for this is beyond me.