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February 22, 2009

Congressional conduct

In a time of crisis, people need leaders. We elect people to Congress, but unfortunately very few are leaders.

This is never more evident than in a congressional hearing. It doesn’t matter if the topic is steroids in baseball or the state of the economy. Some elected official is sure to grab the microphone and make inane comments or sling infantile insults at a witness.

Recently it was a congressman from Massachusetts who felt compelled to ridicule the bank CEOs on their mode of transportation to get to this hearing. Rep. Michael Capuano sounded like a fool.

Many of us realize that the congresspeople make these comments because they have nothing substantive to add to the subject. In this case the representative probably knew that these CEOs were better educated, better-trained and held real positions, so perhaps inferiority explains the ridiculous comments. Perhaps he felt that his wit was appropriate after the president issued his insults to corporate executives and was then quickly parroted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, referring to these people as “idiots.”

In any event, it is all the kind of rhetoric that you’d expect from children, not members of Congress.

Tad DeOrio
Lee’s Summit

Comments

Stifled Freedom

McCain is doing exactly what I expected him to do after losing....being a cantankerous old obstructionist to anything Obama suggests.

TinaMcG

"John McCain is playing politics as usual."

I think John McCain is just trying to reposition himself as some sort of leader in the Republican party. He was the GOP nominee just a few months ago and now he's watching this little upstart Eric Cantor get all the camera time. He's hearing pundits question whether Rush Limbaugh is the defacto head of the party. McCain probably took some flak for making noise about supporting the new president and now he feels like he needs to do penance.

My big beef with McCain is in not being true to himself since launching his presidential campaign. He surrendered to his handlers, even in selecting a (disastrous) running mate. Throughout the campaign, it always seemed to me that he wasn't comfortable in this new skin they created for him. I wouldn't have voted for him anyway, but I sure would have respected him more.

whispering_to_kc

http://cbs5.com/business/bank.of.america.2.942327.html

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― The granddaughter of the man who founded Bank of America in San Francisco in the early 1900s called the bank's current condition "totally repulsive" and blasted the bank's management for being "idiots."

HA!! Claire has good company. We have two votes for bank management being idiots. Tad may himself be an "idiot", if only because he has a funny name.

lucius0729

Today, the "maverick" attacked the president because of his use of the official helicopter and the fact that the new fleet of "Marine One" helicopters are way over budget as if this is Obama's fault. Is this what John McCain has become? A whiney little old man. Instead of working to help people save their ONE home the "maverick" is doing everything he can to help ensure Rush Limbaugh's words come true and that's that Obama fails and does not get re-elected. What happened to the words McCain spoke during the election process that he would do everything he could to help the American people? John McCain is playing politics as usual.

Engineer

Pub 17
If you are questioning something, tell me what it is.

beaker

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What?

Posted by: Pub 17 | Feb 23, 2009 6:50:51 PM
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How convenient to forget.

Engineer

Pub 17
I thought you were the one explaining just how farsighted and all knowing these financial people are.

Engineer

The really sad part of the Congressional antics is that there are enough voters dumb enough to be impressed by such nonsense to make acting the clown worthwhile. Or perhaps that is the extent of the intellect of the ones doing it.

Stifled Freedom

Although, I dont agree the CEOs are idiots, I dont feel sorry about them. They are greedy, self-centered losers and they failed at thier jobs.

So that statment "CEOs were better educated, better-trained and held real positions" doesn't mean much after that fact.

Grandstanding is the name of the game. It is the political culture we have gotten for the votes we have casted and the media coverage we have responded to.

Pub 17

Oh, I get it, you've lost those links to the lists of Republican pedophiles again and want me to post them. The Party of Pederastic Perversion? How about changing Wide Ovals to Wide Stance on the Original Maverick?

BudRog

Nah, it was Barney The Banking Queen, lecturing on male prostitution in the home.....

Pub 17

What is, Sarah Palin lecturing America on family values?

BudRog

Oh, I just love watching Henry "Nostrilitus" Waxman, and the Barney "the Banking Queen" Frank representing the kookdom. What a laugh riot, but when you consider who votes for these morons it is totally understandable.

Pub 17

And augered it into the ground, too.

Pub 17

There is nothing funnier on this planet than the right-wing goof troop that's been forced by ideology to defend the seven- and eight-figure salaries AND the perks of the brilliant, highly-skilled executives who've augured the economy into the ground. Except Sarah Palin lecturing America on family values, of course.

TinaMcG

Yep, they sure do grandstand at these hearings, but at least it makes for good material for Jon Stewart.

 
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