Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Is The "Do Nothing Congress" Getting It?
As midterm elections approach, it seems that Congress is finally - or at least putting on a good show - .

Five years after the attacks on the United States, the Bush administration faces the prospect of reworking key elements of its anti-terrorism effort in light of challenges from the courts, Congress and European allies crucial to counterterrorism operations.

The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee and other members of Congress have complained about not being briefed on classified surveillance programs and huge unprecedented databases used to monitor domestic and international phone calls, faxes, e-mails and bank transfers.

This article also contains what may be the quote of the week -

"We are not a parliament, and when we function like a parliament we're unfaithful to the process and our system of government," said Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), who will preside over the Iraq hearing. "We hurt our country and both branches of government. If we had been more forceful . . . Abu Ghraib would have never happened."

The left side of the blogosphere has been calling this Congress the “do nothing Congress” for a long time, and it seems that with their jobs on the line, they’ve finally received the memo - definitely too late. If Congress would have been doing its job of oversight all along, we wouldn’t be in the mess that we’re in now. It’s ridiculous that it has taken horribly low poll numbers, a looming election, and a court decision to get their asses in gear.

Republicans, although they deserve most of the criticism here - you know, GOP and everything -, are not the only problem. Democrats should have spoken up a long time ago and taken a much harder stance against the President’s policies. Also, if Democrats hadn’t messed around for so many years by offering nothing but “not your plan” strategies, and had actually come out with some good, strong stances and ideas, we would be in a lot better shape.

As Congress attempts to reassert its power, I can only hope that it is not too late… and that voters will not forget about all the years that this Congress refused to do its job.

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