Especially the media!
First, however, I'm going to go out on a limb and applaud Jim Bunning for standing up to Congress and it's insatiable spending. While everyone and their pet dogs have been castigating him, I think his timing is brilliant. You see, it got the attention needed! Had he held up legislation on anything that wouldn't affect people already in dire straits it would not have gotten his intended effect. It did; he got the compromises he wanted and the Senate was held to task. Don't let the Democrats use it against the Republicans. As Mr. Bunning said, we've got to start paying for things!
To the media. Where were you when you reported on the President's check up where it said he needed to not only lower his cholesterol, continue efforts to quit smoking and curb his alcohol intake? You wanted to spare him embarrassment maybe? Might it have something to do with how he handles stress? No, I'm not criticizing him. If I had his job I'd be a raging alcoholic I'm sure and other than Bush, I don't know of any President that didn't like to tip a few. But it is part of the health report and I shouldn't have had to go to a British paper to find it!
Speaking of the President, let's have a look at Obama Motors formerly know as GM. While Congress is still raking Toyota over the coals for brake problems it seems GM is recalling 1.3 million cars with steering problems! Is the pot calling the kettle black? And don't call me racist; it's a figure of speech.
As for the Toyota brake problems, why was nothing noted about the witness who with the proper amount of anguish told of how she called her husband because she wanted to hear his voice one last time? Excuse me? She was calling her husband on a cell phone while her brakes were failing! And she lived to testify about it. At least give her a ticket for inattentive driving!
Then there's the deal about Congressmen pocketing what's left over from the per diem allotted for their foreign junkets. There is a rule that they are supposed to return any money not spent. Many claimed to be unaware of the rule. Right. Read on. They have no rule requiring receipts for expenditures. Have you ever heard of a business man with an expense account doing this? These per diems are not a lot of money but it's the principle. Sloppy business practices. Our government and those in it. Representative Alcee Hastings, D-Fl, said, "You are all concerned about nickels and dimes and I'm not." Except they're not his nickles and dimes! They're ours.
Representative Solomon Ortiz, D-Tx, who doesn't repay such monies said, "If that was the policy, you could never get many members traveling." Not a bad idea. Especially when they are so arrogant to as to have a "tacit understanding that if lawmakers don't spend the money they get to keep it." Really. And who's idea was that?
One last item. Don't think just because Obama is adding a few band aids stamped "Republican ideas" to the health care bill that it has suddenly become a good one. It hasn't. And to the Blue Dogs and those who are about to retire who think those band aids are enough to allow changing your vote to yes, you ought to remember why you voted no in the first place. More on this tomorrow when the new "outline" is out!
There now. I feel better. I hope anyone who takes the time to read this does not!