Senator Charles Schumer loves to talk about the need to pass legislation that will create American jobs, but here he is, introducing legislation that discourages American manufacturing – for the sake of glittery false gemstones.
(A hat tip to Ramone for the suggestion) If you were hibernating in the early part of October, you missed the spectacle of eight blind donkeys rearing on their hind legs in an acrobatic effort to form the shape of an all-seeing eye. On October
Eight other Democrats still didn’t seem to comprehend what they were dealing with. They argued that the Constitution is just a suggestion that needs to give way when Americans feel scared. They voted in favor of keeping the unconstitutional abuses of the Patriot Act.
8 out of the 12 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against protecting Americans’ constitutional rights from known abuses of the Patriot Act. The following is a transcript of the speech Senator Dick Durbin gave explaining why the abuses of the Patriot Act called for a restriction of National Security Letter powers.
The Durbin amendment to S. 1692 would have required that Section 215 Patriot Act spying only be used to protect against spies working against the American government, terrorism, or as a part of spying against foreign targets that are not related to Americans. Who could object to that? Eight Senate Democrats, that’s who.
The 5 Democrats who defected to the Republican side to defeat Obama’s public option are: Max Baucus, Blanche Lincoln, Kent Conrad, Bill Nelson and Tom Carper.
When the government does not serve us well, it’s because we citizens are not working with enough determination to hold it accountable. When private insurance companies do not serve us well, it’s because they’re fulfilling their missions to find a way to profit from our illnesses.
Citigroup might gain a bit more cash in the short term through another merger, but it’s already burned through 25 billion dollars in government handouts in just a few weeks. Mergers are part of the problem, not part of the solution.