CON­NECT­ING THE DOTS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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