CONNECTING THE DOTS
There is one more thing to consider before we move on.
“Were ‘party crashers’ a distraction strategy?” asks Judi McLeod, editor of the Canadian Free Press. “Were the MSNBCdubbed ‘most infamous party crashers in the world’ a Thanksgiving weekend distraction for Obama Afghanistan strategy?”
Stranger things have happened.
“With media giants, including Fox News, chasing down how the Salahis made it into President Obama’s first official state dinner on [Nov. 27], preparations for Obama’s Afghanistan decision were being worked out for [his Dec. 1] televised speech,” Ms. McLeod adds.
“Obama’s plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, some to be in place before Christmas, is not good news for Democrats and the anti-war crowd.” West Virginia Democrat recently became the longest-serving lawmaker on Capitol Hill, racking up over five decades on the job. He was a senator even before President Obama was born.
Time may fly when you’re having fun. But are you doing good?
“Perpetual re-election, based far more on seeding home districts and states with taxpayers’ money than promoting and protecting the Constitution and the liberties it guarantees, becomes the life’s work of many lawmakers. This sordid convention has no place in a nation established as a haven from heavy-handed government,” noted a recent Investor Business Daily editorial.
“But rather than make the argument that the founders intended for the legislative branch to be run by citizen lawmakers and not professional officehold- ers, we offer Sen. Robert Byrd as a prime example of why term limits should be considered.”
The publication is critical of Mr. Byrd’s informal titles, including “King of Pork” and “Big Daddy,” pointing out that he was the first lawmaker to bring $1 billion in pork barrel spending to his state. But Big Daddy ain’t alone, they warn.
“Congress has long been filled with incumbents who use other people’s money to stay in office. Re-election rates are over 95 percent in the House since 1994, 87 percent in the Senate. Any discussion of term limits should begin with this dynamic at the forefront.”