Saturday, 26 July 2008

Great Idea! We Can Stop Him Before He Goes Too Far!

Judiciary Committee muses impeaching George W. Bush.

read the whole train-wreck after the link.

from the article:
Too Little, Too Late? Lawmakers Talk Impeachment
Less Than Six Months Before Bush Leaves Office, Partisan Debate Erupts

By TOM GIUSTO
WASHINGTON, July 25, 2008—

Less than six months before President Bush leaves office, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on whether he should be impeached.

As could be predicted, the hearing was highly partisan. Democrats said they wanted accountability. Republicans called the hearing a show trial. People on both sides showed anger and emotion.

The hearing was about executive power and its constitutional limitations. The Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee is concerned the Bush administration exceeded its authority in several areas including the following: improper politicization of the Justice Dept; misuse of presidential signing statements; misuse of surveillance, detention, interrogation and rendition programs; manipulation of intelligence and misuse of war powers; improper retaliation, and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame CIA agent outing case, and misuse of executive privilege.

There were 13 witnesses including current and former members of Congress, most of whom accused the Bush administration of abuse of power. Democrats and Republicans on the Committee spent an hour on opening statements presenting their opinions either justifying Bush's actions or accusing him of being the worst president in U.S. history.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the committee, defended holding such a hearing while the president was on his way out of office.

"And we're not done yet," Conyers said. "We do not intend to go away until we achieve the accountability that the Congress is entitled to and the American people deserve."

Ranking Republican member Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, disagreed.

"This week it seems that we are hosting an anger management class," he said. "Nothing is going to come out of this hearing with regard to impeachment of the president."

But Democrat member Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida was angry at the president.

"Never before in the history of this nation has an administration so successfully diminished the constitutional powers of the legislative branch," Wexler said. "It is unacceptable, and it must not stand."

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., didn't mince words in her feelings about Bush.

"It is my judgment that President Bush is the worst president our country has ever suffered," she said. "Making judgments that have jeopardized our national security, impaired our economy, and diminished the freedom and civil liberties of the American people."

4 comments:

Ranting Englishman said...

Doesn't a President need a blow job before he can be impeached?

Anonymous said...

Let's see. How can these morons with a collective job approval rating even worse than that of the President draw attention away from themselves and their own lack of accomplishments/answers?

Hell, those running for the presidency rarely show up to cast votes in Congress when they were elected to do just that. Now, the American taxpayers are being asked to come up with $10 million more for the Secret Service to protect the two candidtates (and H. Clinton) on top of the previous $107 million dollar allocation for this election.

Yeah, but let's only go after the man at the top who will be gone in a few months anyway. It seems sour grapes are being used as misdirection, so the voting public doesn't toss the whole lot of them out on their rear ends in favor or candidates who might actually do something useful in these positions.

John from Daejeon

Anonymous said...

Sadly, "The Last Lecture's" Dr. Randy Pausch passed away of Pancreatic cancer last week. Too bad these morons in Congress aren't doing more to stop the spread of this killer. I'm glad that we are spending $50 billion of taxpayer money on fighting AIDS in Africa (http://allafrica.com/stories/200807170055.html), but it might by nice if they spent a little more at home, too; instead of the utter uselessness of beating around, up, and on the lame duck Presidednt Bush.

You can see Dr. Randy Pausch's plea for a little Pancreatic cancer funding before Congress here (http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=1iP7xr6ig-s&feature=related). Also, check out his Last Lecture if you haven't on Youtube. It's quite inspiring.

John from Daejeon

Roboseyo said...

I was pretty disappointed with the article I posted -- what a bit of ineffectuality, doing that now. and yeah, the timing makes it seem like they might be blowing smoke.

meanwhile, I was also really bummed to hear Dr. Randy P. died -- I watched that lecture on youtube a while ago and was touched, too.