President Bush Scolds the Democratic Party---Again
President Bush, in a Rose Garden press conference read the riot act to a "new direction" congress that has failed to process the peoples business even while playing games with their "recess":
THE PRESIDENT: "Good morning. Congress returns from its two-week Thanksgiving break today. They have just two weeks to go before they leave town again. That's not really a lot of time to squeeze in nearly a year's worth of unfinished business."
"In fairness, Congress was not entirely out over the past two weeks. In a political maneuver designed to block my ability to make recess appointments, congressional leaders arranged for a senator to come in every three days or so, bang a gavel, wait for about 30 seconds, bang a gavel again, and then leave. Under the Senate rules, this counts as a full day. If 30 seconds is a full day, no wonder Congress has got a lot of work to do"..........LINK
But according to Carl Levin the Democratic party is still working on a timetable for troop withdrawal that will put our troops in serious danger instead of taking care of business:
''We're going to continue to try to see if we can't get in place a timetable for the removal of most of the troops that we have there,'' said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, on CNN's ''Late Edition.'' ''Congress should be able to state a goal for the removal of most of the American troops without a veto threat.''......LINK
What Mr. Levin and the AP writer here have failed to recognize is that while the 2006 elections that gave the Democratic party a slim margin of control, that margin did not anoint them with any form of a mandate. Progress in carrying out the people's business in an orderly and timely fashion would be expected of a congress that has shown to accomplish neither.
''Congress should be able to state a goal for the removal of most of the American troops without a veto threat.''........Carl Levin
Mr. Levin insist on thinking that the congress is in charge of managing the war in Iraq. They are not. The Commander in Chief has made it quite clear to the nation that the generals on the ground will determine the reduction of troop levels based on the security levels. The very fact that troops levels are intended to be lowered by three to five brigades early next year doesn't seem to phase a portion of the Democratic party who are still catering to their anti-war cronies that could care less about the Iraqi's stability and sovereignty.
With each proposal the Democrats issue that plays into their political ambitions, the electorate are viewing an agenda that is not in the best interest of this nation or our military who have accomplished and sacrificed so much. With so much at stake in bringing about real change in the middle east and the progress since the surge was initiated, the Democratic Party may well be thrown out on their ears next year and find that what little power they thought existed has been wasted.
(test to editor post)