Vote of Confidence … Ha!

Don’t you know they’re doing this all in our best interest:

A $388 billion government-wide spending bill, passed by Congress on Saturday, was stranded on Capitol Hill yesterday, its trip to the White House on hold as embarrassed Republicans prepared to repeal a provision that could give the Appropriations committees the right to examine the tax returns of Americans.

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Ok. The congress thought that the voters in America would want them to be able to see our tax returns? Seriously? Or did they just not bother to pay attention? Let’s see here:

  • Republicans didn’t know where it came from.
  • Democrats didn’t know where it came from.
  • In a rare bi-partisan move, Congress agrees that the IRS did it.
  • The IRS says they didn’t do it.
  • Oh wait… Bill Frist (R-Tenn) says Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) did it.
  • Istook says: “I didn’t write it; I didn’t approve it; I wasn’t even consulted.”
  • Istook’s spokesperson blames it on the Appropriations Committee Staff.
  • Istook is the chair of the Appropriations Committee Staff.

I give up. Was it a terrorist?

Wow. It makes me wonder why we even have a Congress. We’re supposed to be worried about our major budget deficit, but don’t seem to care what is actually inside a $388 billion spending bill. How many other completely unecessary things are in that bill? How many completely unecessary things are in every bill? Can we do a recall vote on Congress?

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