Do federal legislators feel the slightest twinge of shame that they are finally being forced to consider an insider trading bill like the Stock Act, or is this just another inconvenience like campaign finance reform, ethics reform, earmark reform, or something we will never see, term limits?
Two years of Democratic enabling followed by an ineffectual, gridlocked Congress have helped condition President Obama to believe that he must have whatever he wants, when he wants it. While Democrats amused themselves watching GOP presidential hopefuls hurling criticism at one other, the president again went behind their backs, striking out on his own without the consent of the legislature.
For those dreading the day that the president applies the “broken” label to our democracy, you can stop worrying. That day has come. At a time when leadership counts, Barack Obama seemed to be telling on himself when he remarked during a Democratic National Committee event that “democracy is messy,”1 and “our system is broken to a large degree.”
Illegal immigration is a contentious issue, but does disagreeing with Obama administration policy make a conservative blog a threat to national security? Civil Candor has had nine visits from the Homeland Security domain since Latin America and Obama Fight Alabama’s Immigration Law was posted on Sunday.
To those in Washington who used to call yourselves friends and colleagues of Anthony Weiner, and have been publicly lambasting him for his alleged indiscretions, you can stop now. Enough sanctimony. Whether we are talking extramarital affairs, campaign fund abuses, influence peddling, White House trysts, lies, drugs, prostitutes, or any of the other unsavory behaviors engaged in by public figures over the years, this is a much bigger deal for you than it is for us.
Months of posturing on the House and Senate floors while battling over tax rates and unemployment benefits culminated in Tuesday night’s feigned display of brotherhood during the State of the Union address. Legislators made sure we knew that they were laying down their partisan pretensions by sitting next to the enemy during the president’s big speech.
During the now-forgotten controversy over extending the Bush tax rates, harsh invective ruled the day. The escalating war of words linked the wealthy to financial firms blamed for precipitating the recession, as if anyone making over $250,000 annually was by necessity employed on Wall Street.